Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
Minimum Entry Level Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree from a school or college approved by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
- Holds current License as Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant as approved by ASHA.
- Current BCLS certification.
Responsible for administering speech therapy treatment as supervised by the supervising Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). SLP must provide at least the minimum specified level of supervision to ensure quality of care to all persons served and may vary dependent on complexity of each patient’s case. Assists patients to reach their maximum performance and level of functioning, while learning to live within the limits of their capabilities. The SLPA participates in operational aspects of the department, maintains performance improvement activities within the department and participates in CQI activities. Participates in all infection control, departmental equipment training, organizational safety and fire safety programs.
- Responsible for providing/following treatment plan/protocol as directed by the supervising SLP. Adheres to standards of physical medicine practice and ASHA Code of Ethics
- Self-identify as SLPAs to patients, families, students, clients, staff and others.
- Ability to observe and evaluate treatment effect, discusses observations with supervising SLP.
- Assist the SLP with speech, language, and hearing screenings without clinical interpretation.
- Assist the SLP during assessment of students, patients, and clients exclusive of administration and/or interpretation.
- Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient safety and reduces the likelihood of medical/health care errors.
- Document student, patient and client performance and report to supervising SLP.
- Treats patients and their families with respect and dignity. Identifies and addresses psychosocial, cultural, ethnic and religious/spiritual needs of patients and their families.
- Manages and operates equipment safely and correctly. Maintains department cleanliness and safety.
- Interacts professionally with patient/family and involves patient/family in the formation of the plan of care.
- Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, hospital staff and members of the department.
- Coordinates and assists with directing patient care to ensure patient’s needs are met and hospital policy is followed.
- Maintains records pertinent to personnel and operation of the department.
- Demonstrates an ability to be flexible, organized and function under stressful situations.
- Consults other departments as appropriate to collaborate in patient care and performance improvement activities.
- Documentation meets current standards and policies.
- Participates in educational staff performance improvement in-services. Assists with orientation and in-service training for certified department staff members, participates in guidance and educational programs.
- Participates in infection control, departmental training equipment training and organizational CQI activities.