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Senior Speech Therapist

Job Code

30001305

Basic Function

The Senior Speech Therapist is a professional who is supervised 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 will be based on American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines or equivalent.

Scope

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

  1. The Senior Speech Therapist conducts comprehensive 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 Senior Speech Therapist provides assessment and management services to 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 Senior Speech Therapist collaborates with an SLP in establishing functional goals, and planning intervention with the patient and family. These interventions may include one-on-one weekly therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, parent coaching, and conducting parent workshops. The Senior Speech Therapist is responsible for recording, and evaluating the patients’ responses and progress throughout therapy, with planned periodic re-evaluations to update the patient’s goals.
  3. The Senior Speech Therapist collaborates with schedulers and other clerical staff in the clinic in managing all administrative patient care related duties. The Senior 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. Conduct oneself ethically within the scope of practice and responsibilities for a Speech-Therapist. 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

1) ASSESSMENT:

  • Performs a comprehensive assessment for the referred/identified disorder in addition to conducting a detailed oral-motor skills assessment and a complete review of the patient’s medical history.
  • Collaborates with the SLP in establishing functional goals, collaborates with the SLP to design a treatment plan 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, 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.
  • Creates a functional home-program for the patient to practice at home, incorporating demonstration sessions to ensure parent coaching for implementation of the home program.

3) EVALUATION:

  • Assesses the effectiveness of treatment and seeks competence in this area via supervised practice with the SLP. Schedules re-evaluations with the patient and modifies treatment approaches to achieve goals.
  • Assesses educational needs of the patient, family, or caregiver and provides education and educational material to meet those needs, documenting intervention in the Patient Teaching Record (PTR)
  • Refers patients to appropriate services based on the evaluation of patient’s needs.
  • Plans for patient discharge.
Principal Duties (cont'd)

4) PROFESSIONAL EXPECTATIONS:

  • Assists with clerical duties, such as preparing materials and scheduling activities as directed by the SLP Team leader.
  • Provides patients with appropriate information pertaining to accessing various resources (e.g. community programs, resourceful books and media, etc.)
  • Participates in lifelong learning in accordance with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
  • Performs other duties to support the overall effectiveness of the department. These duties may include but not limited to:

5) SAFETY

  • Acts as in-service / Hazmat/ Safety coordinator for the Rehabilitation Unit as requested
  • Informs SLP Team Leader about any immediate safety/health risks or concerns within the SLP service.
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. 
  • Completion of 1 year internship
Experience

5 years minimal clinical experience required.

Certifications/Other requirements as applicable
  • 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