Full Job Description
POSITION TITLE: Speech-Language Pathologist I
DEPARTMENT: Divisionof Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
SUPERVISOR'S TITLE: Coordinator,Clinical Director, or Division Director
COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatricians, Advanced Practice Nurses,Psychologists, Occupational/Physical Therapists, Speech-Language PathologistII, Speech-Language Pathologist III
TITLES SUPERVISED: N/A
TOTAL NUMBER OF FTEs DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SUPERVISED: 0
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide diagnostic evaluations and treatment forpatients with a variety of communication disorders for infants, children and/oradolescents within thedevelopmental pediatrics program
- Compliance - Patient Services Staff
Sustain a working understanding of regulatory requirements and accreditationstandards. Support leadership in Compliance efforts to meet and sustain theregulatory compliance efforts of the department and hospital. Be mindful andjudicious in monitoring safety and departmental policies and procedures. Ensureall individual certifications and Safety College requirements are fulfilled ina timely basis. Work with department managers, nurse council and magnetrepresentatives to identify and share safety best practices. Be mindful ofCCHMCs processes and compliance with CMS standards and freely communicatesafety and compliance concerns to leadership team members.
- Interprofessional Practice:
Demonstrates consistent integration of the Interprofessional Practice Model(IPM) in all aspects of practice.
- Patient Care - Age Specific andCulturally Diverse
consistently integrates age specific and culturally diverse concepts intopatient care, taking into consideration both the patient's chronological ageand developmental functioning.
serves as a master clinician for the division in at least one practice area.Maintains at least two practice area advanced competencies. Serves as apractice area mentor for other staff members and serves on the MentoringCouncil. Evaluates and treats very difficult and complex patients. Helpsdetermine clinical protocols and evidence based practice guidelines. Helps todevelop educational materials for our staff, for other professionals, and forparents. Supervises students, including those doing capstone projects.Teaches/presents for our staff and on a local and national basis. Participatesin a professional organization or special interest group of ASHA. Recognizesopportunities for improvement in the practice areas and generates performanceimprovement activities. Leads a specialty area in the development of videos formentoring and product development. Serves as a role model and mentor for othersin the use of self-management with families. Serves as a role model ofcooperation, respect, trust, time management, and professionalism.
- Clinical Care, Documentation, andFollow-Up
Performs all routine and some specialty diagnostic evaluations. Administersappropriate tests according to standard procedures; makes accurate diagnoses,appropriate recommendations and referrals. Counsels parents and providesappropriate handouts and home programs. Uses best practice decision-making todetermine the appropriate frequency and duration of therapy. Formulatesappropriate goals for every patient in treatment. Involves parents in treatmentplan and treatment process. Consistently implements and documents tools andstrategies of self-management. Structures sessions and selects appropriateintervention strategies to accomplish goals. Documents progress daily andupdates treatment plan as appropriate. Completes all required documentation andcharges within the standard time frames. Determines discharge criteria andprepares patient for discharge or transition as appropriate. Serves as a modelto begin successful discharge planning at the start of treatment. Demonstratesexcellence in achieving clinical outcomes. May measure the effect ofintervention in pre-planned timeline using standardized tests.
- Professional Responsibility andDevelopment
Supports and participates in performance improvement activities of thedivision. Participates in peer review. Proactively shares knowledge with peersand/or supervises students. Actively participates in at least one divisioncommittee or practice team. Completes mandatory training and requiredcompetencies. Maintains licensure and certification. Further professionaldevelopment by attending continuing education meetings, independent reading,individual training and site visits.
- Scheduling and Contributions toRevenue
Assures that schedule is current and unavailable times are blocked in Epic.Communicates any changes with appropriate staff. Manages schedule and patientvisits to make productive use of time and achieve billing targets. Anticipatesscheduling variably and makes adjustment in schedule accordingly. For example,anticipates decrease in therapy with school and holidays, increasing evaluationslots when therapy slots will be unfilled. Work the required number of familyfriendly hours. All of these hours must be available to be scheduled fortherapy, unless an exception is approved by the supervisor. This percentage mayincrease dependent on Division needs. At least 6 months' notice will be givenif the required percentage of hours is increased.
Skills & Competencies
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of allindividuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas;appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfullyintegrate with others who are different from oneself
- Interpersonal Skills – Adv Stronginterpersonal skills. Effectively communicate at all levels of theorganization.
- Professional Knowledge/Ability
Professional knowledge and ability sufficient to effectively carry out theresponsibilities of the position
Proficiency in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office(PowerPoint, Word, Excel), e-mail, and internet
Challenging the status quo and seizing opportunities to enhance work processesand outcomes; voluntarily seeking new or extra responsibilities and challenges;going beyond what is expected; proactively delving into work without hesitation
Demonstrates an independent work initiative, sound judgment, diplomacy, tactand professional demeanor
Excellent verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
- Master of Speech Pathology OR MasterComm Sci & Disorders
- Certificate of Clin Competency(CCC) granted by the (ASHA) American Speech Hearing Ass. OR Clinical FellowshipYear (CFY) candidate
- Active state license inspeech-language pathology
- Knowledgeof developmental disabilities including assessment and intervention of childrenwith autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome
- Experiencewith augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) including the PictureExchange Communication System (PECS)