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Pediatric SpeechTherapist: Heroes Needed!!
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Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, or emotional problems.
When diagnosing patients, speech-language pathologists typically do the following:
- Communicate with patients to evaluate their levels of speech or language difficulty
- Determine the extent of communication problems by having a patient complete basic reading and vocalizing tasks or by giving standardized tests
- Identify treatment options
- Create and carry out an individualized treatment plan
When treating patients, speech-language pathologists typically do the following:
- Teach patients how to make sounds and improve their voices
- Teach alternative communication methods, such as sign language, to patients with little or no speech capability
- Work with patients to improve their ability to read and write correctly
- Work with patients to develop and strengthen the muscles used to swallow
- Counsel patients and families on how to cope with communication disorders
Speech-language pathologists work with patients who have problems with speech. Their patients may be unable to speak at all or they may speak with difficulty or have rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering. They may work with those who are unable to understand language or with people who have voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or a harsh voice.
Speech-language pathologists must also complete administrative tasks, including keeping accurate records. They record their initial patient evaluations and diagnoses, treatment progress, any changes in a patient’s condition or treatment plan, and, eventually, they complete a final evaluation when the patient finishes the therapy.
Some speech-language pathologists specialize in working with specific age groups, such as children or the elderly. Others focus on treatment programs for specific communication or swallowing problems, such as those resulting from strokes or cleft palate.
RESPONSIBLE TO // Director of Clinical Operations, Co-Founders of Kinetic Kids, Inc.
EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS // Patients, Community Partners (schools, healthcare organizations, government agencies), Media Contacts
HOURS // Full-time, Part-time Per diem
Activities vary depending on the client and the working environment but can include:
- Working creatively with various client groups in a therapeutic setting
- Working in a group or one-to-one setting, often as part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals
- Assessing and understanding the feelings or temperament of others
- Constructively challenging the behavior and attitude of clients
- Planning, designing and facilitating a schedule of activities with individuals and groups
- Analyze or synthesize client data to draw conclusions or make recommendations for optimal therapy
- Analyze data to determine the effectiveness of treatments or therapy approaches
- Communicate client assessment findings and recommendations in oral, written, audio, video, or other forms
- Conduct therapy sessions providing guided self-expression experiences to help clients recover from or cope with cognitive, emotional, or physical impairments
- 2-3 years of pediatric occupational therapeutic experience required
- Strong background in The Alert Program, Brain Gym, Superflex, Handwriting Without Tears, and S-cool Moves
- Demonstrated ability to manage time, resources, and multiple projects simultaneously
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Problem solving skills