Independent Living Services
  • 11-Aug-2017 to 11-Sep-2017 (CST)
  • Conway, AR, USA
  • Other
  • Full Time

JOB DESCRIPTION

SPEECH THERAPIST

 

GENERAL STATEMENT:

While this position specifies responsibilities, requirements and duties in certain operational areas, this person is an employee of Independent Living Services, Inc. and will be expected to respond to such requests not specifically contained herein.  This person must maintain the attitude that he/she works for the whole organization, and as such, exhibit proper cooperation, enthusiasm and interest in all areas deemed necessary for the continuing success of ILS services.  Knowledge of all policies and procedures of ILS and related corporations of Creative Living, Inc. and Sheltered Living Services, Inc. is required.  Knowledge of agency services and support system is required. 

                                                                            

JOB SUMMARY:

The Speech Therapist works under the supervision of the Day Services Program Coordinator. This employee will schedule the workday in such a way that supervision and services are provided in an effective manner consistent with ILS policies, procedures and Federal and State laws/regulations.  This employee will be on call during off duty hours for emergencies as necessary.  The Speech Therapist will maintain an office at Profiles in the therapy area.  This position is a member of a team effort and has responsibilities of coordinating and supervising other therapy needs at Profiles. 

 

General duties and guiding principles:

  • Focus first on the person being served, and understand that my role in direct supports will require flexibility, creativity, and commitment.
  • Know and respect the values of the people I support and facilitate their expression of choices related to those values.
  • Provide advocacy when the individual's preferences, needs, or talents are neglected or overlooked.
  • Encourage growth and recognize the autonomy of the individuals receiving services while also being attentive reducing their risk of harm.
  • Develop relationships with the individuals I support that are respectful, based on mutual trust, and that maintains professional boundaries.
  • Address challenging behaviors proactively and respectfully, using methods outlined in the ILS Employee Handbook, and follow any behavior management plans in effect for specific individuals.
  • Help individuals I support understand and express their rights and responsibilities.
  • Recognize that each individual I provide services to has potential for lifelong learning and growth.
  • Assist the individuals I support to understand their options and the possible consequences of their options as they relate to their physical and emotional health and well being.
  • Be conscious of my own values and how they influence my professional decisions.
  • Maintain competency in my profession through continued learning and attending and being an active participant in staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assume responsibility and accountability for my actions and decisions.
  • Recognize the importance of modeling valued behaviors to co-workers, individuals receiving services, and the community at large.
  • Practice responsible work habits.

 

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Serves as a member of the individual's team to identify and advocate for the individual's need for speech therapy services.  (A person must be authorized by the individual/parent/guardian as appropriate, to be a part of the planning team.)
  2. Perform appropriate evaluations and/or assessments as needed or required to identify the need for speech therapy and/or progress made during treatment. Complete all evaluations/assessments within time frames specified by funding sources.
  3. Develop speech therapy programs for residents as indicated on their individual service/habilitation plan.
  4. Provide direct therapy and all supporting documentation as required by Medicaid and other funding sources.  Develops treatment plans from physician's orders and evaluation results.
  5. Provide indirect therapy through programs developed for implementation by other habilitative staff.
  6.           Develop resources or recommended purchase of necessary equipment that would assist in the provision of speech therapy.
  7.           Modifies treatment and equipment when necessary in response to development and progress with present treatment.
  8. Provide staff training as needed.  
  9. Participates in all staff meetings and staff trainings as required by Profiles and ILS.
  10. Maintains confidentiality of all information received regarding ILS and the confidentiality shall be in compliance with ILS non-disclosure policy.
  11. This job description is not intended to be all inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonable related business duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required
  12. This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  Ability to operate a vehicle and possess a valid AR driver's license in good standing and proof of vehicle liability insurance. ability to observe and record behavioral data, ability to communicate clearly with staff and consumers through use of telephone and other verbal means, possess good listening skills, ability to evaluate and determine consumer's strengths and needs.

 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

 Must hold or obtain an Arkansas state license to practice Speech Pathology. Must have completed or be in the process of completing the Clinic Fellowship Year and hold a Certificate of Clinical Competence granted by the American Speech and Hearing Association

 

LANGUAGE SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

 

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, parentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

 

REASONING ABILITY

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to us hands to finder, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

 

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential junctions.

 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally work near moving mechanical parts and in outside weather conditions and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 

BENEFITS:

See Employee Handbook - Section 201 - 201A.  Benefits eligibility is based on category classification and hours worked per week.

NOTE: Part-time employees working less than 30 hours weekly do not qualify for benefits.

 

 

 

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Employee Signature                                                                                                            Date

 

 

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REV: 7/12

 

 

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