Speech Language Therapist
Website Aspire of Western New York
Masters in Speech Pathology; NYS license, ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence or eligibility. Ability to stand, sit, kneel, stoop, lift, assist in physical care and therapeutically handle individuals.
To provide Speech Therapy services in a manner which ensures that individuals served have opportunities to make choices, opportunities to develop and achieve, participation in the community, relationships with family members, friends and neighbors, good health and a secure personal future and respect and dignity. Critical and crucial to the position’s essential function is the safety of the people Aspire serves. Due to the nature of the individuals we serve, the essential functions require all the duties and responsibilities listed below to be performed in all environments and using all appropriate equipment.
Essential Physical Functions are the ability to:
- Bend, stoop, squat, kneel, sit, stand and lift as per program needs.
- Provide two-way communications with people.
- Lift and transfer the individual both manually and mechanically as per program needs. Manual lifting requires the ability to lift individuals as required in their prescribed individual program plans—bearing the weight of that individual. Mechanical lifting will be performed using proper mechanical lifting standards and based on the safety of the individual.
- Transfer, move, reposition, shift and place people in pieces of equipment necessary for their physical circumstance ensuring their safety, comfort and their natural living conditions as per program needs.
- Physical agility/ability to react to a life-threatening emergency or to intervene in a crisis situation including using your body as an intervention (SCIP or other techniques), as prescribed, to assure safety of the individuals. Physical agility/ability includes but is not limited to bending, stooping, squatting, kneeling, sitting, standing and lifting as per program needs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Functions as a member of Interdisciplinary Team and participates in the development of the Individual Service Plan/Individual Education Plan/Individual Family Services Plan.
- Evaluates and assesses speech, language and communication abilities and limitations using standardized and non-standardized procedures; develops and implements treatment plans.
- Plans, implements and coordinates programs to meet individual needs in conjunction with team members and program managers.
- Schedules therapy in consultation with supervisor.
- Evaluates individual’s ability to self-feed; develops and oversees therapeutic feeding program.
- Participates in development of discharge plan and provides follow-up as recommended.
- Designs, constructs or recommends adaptive equipment, therapeutic devices and instructs individuals’ caretakers and staffs in their proper use.
- Supervises individuals in program and participates in maintaining safety of work environment.
- Recommends and/or designs, constructs and maintains communication devices, communication boards, books and similar items and instructs individuals, caretakers and staff in their proper use.
- Maintains records, files, charts and progress notes as required.
- Maintains departmental materials, equipment and inventory.
- Coordinates and supervises direct services to individuals throughout program and home activities.
- Trains, directs and coordinates activities of aides and interns as assigned.
- Participates in staff training, in-services, committees and meetings as assigned and maintains current standards of practice.
- Adheres to Agency’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
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