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Associate Speech Therapist (Alhasa)

Job Code

30001303  

Basic Function

The Associate Speech-Therapist is a professional who is supervised and mentored by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) or equivalent in providing a range of speech-language pathology services, for patients with various speech, language and communication disorders. The supervision and mentorship will be based on American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines or equivalent for Speech-Therapy Assistants.

Scope

Working within Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Nursing & Clinical Services Department in Dhahran, Al Hasa, Udhailiyah, Ras Tanura, and Abqaiq.

  1. The associate speech-therapist assists the SLP in conducting assessments for patients with various disorders, such as (but not limited to): Language and Articulation disorders, Apraxia, Dysarthria, Stuttering, Voice disorders, and other cognitive-linguistic disorders.  The associate speech-therapist implements speech and language therapy programs devised by the SLP for both pediatric and adult patients with various diagnosis such as, (but not limited to): Developmental language delays, Autism, Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Selective mutism, Social-communication disorders, Hearing impairment, Aphasia, and other Neuro-behavioral medical conditions.
  2. The associate speech-therapist provides interventions that may include one-on-one weekly therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, parent coaching, and conducting parent workshops. The associate speech-therapist is responsible for recording, and evaluating the patients’ responses and progress throughout therapy, with planned and supervised re-evaluations to update the patient’s goals.
  3. The Associate Speech Therapist collaborates with schedulers and other clerical staff in the clinic in managing all administrative patient care related duties. The Associate Speech Therapist seeks continued developmental improvement from other SLPs in the clinic and reports to the SLP– Team Lead or Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services. 
  4. Conducts oneself ethically within the scope of practice and responsibilities for an Associate Speech Therapist. Will complete or provide valid proof of previously completed 25 hours of supervised clinical practice as a part of clinical practicum/internship. Work hours are assigned to meet operational needs. Hours may include on call and scheduled overtime.
  5. Direction is through the service team leader and Rehabilitation Unit Supervisor.
Principal Contacts
  1. Ongoing with patients and their families home caregivers for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the speech-language pathology plan of care; with new hire and newly assigned staff for orientation and integration into the unit; routinely with Physicians/Surgeons, nurses and other medical staff members to report changes in the patient's condition and/or needs, and coordinate the speech language pathology/rehabilitation program.
  2. Occasional public and community contact through communicating policy changes, revisions, and/or introduction of new work rules.
  3. Occasional with other JHAH personnel and outside services.
Principal Duties

Performs all of the following:

1) ASSESSMENT:

  • Assists the SLP in conducting assessments for the referred/identified disorder. Additionally, assisting the SLP in conducting a detailed oral-motor skills assessment and a complete review of the patient’s medical history.
  • Implements speech therapy programs devised by the SLP, for individuals and groups, in line with patient and family centered care.

2) IMPLEMENTATION/INTERVENTIONS:

  • Provides Intervention services that will depend on the patient’s diagnosis and special needs ensuring optimal care delivery.
  • Provides individual and group based therapy sessions to facilitate the patient’s functional communication skills.
  • For each patient treated, documents in the medical record using SOAP format. Documentation includes an initial assessment co-signed with the SLP, progress notes, discharge summary with family teaching and a home-program.
  • Provides reports for medical charts and/ or in response to medical liaison requests and /or Medical Referral Committee, reviewed and approved by the SLP- Team lead/Supervisor.
Principal Duties (cont'd)

3) EVALUATION:

  • Collaborates with the SLP in assessing the effectiveness of treatment. Schedules re-evaluations with the patient in coordination with the SLP and modifies treatment approaches to achieve goals.
  • Refers patients to appropriate services based on the evaluation of patient’s needs.
  • Plans for patient discharge.

4) PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS:

Performs other duties to support the overall effectiveness of the department. These duties may include but not limited to:

  • Participates in outreach activities including health exhibitions, MDFD presentations, and lectures to other JHAH staff.
  • Represents unit or department on committees, special interest groups, and task forces.
  • Treats customers (guests, patients, nurses, physicians and other employees) with courtesy, respect and caring behaviors.
  • Frequently checks for and reads all communication/minutes.
Education
  • Bachelors of Science (B.Sc.). Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (e.g. Speech-Language Pathology/Speech Therapy) from an accredited institution (U.S. standard or equivalent) is required.
  • Completion of a formal program of professional speech-language pathology education recognized by JHAH and current medical licensure as a professional speech therapist. 
Experience
  • Up to 2 years of clinical experience required.
  • Completion of 1 year internship
Certifications/Other requirements as applicable
  • 25 hours of minimum supervised clinical practicum/internship experience required.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic languages, both oral and written required.
  • Current BLS certificate
  • Must be willing and able to work with multi-cultural and physically handicapped clients.
  • Computer proficiency required Microsoft office applications preferred