A Speech/Language Pathologist works with the full range of human communication and its disorders, the speech-language pathologist:
• Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
• Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
In addition, the speech-language pathologist:
• Prepare future professionals.
• Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
• Develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems.
• Establish more effective treatments.
• Investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.
The A.R. Gould’s Speech-language pathologist often works as part of a team, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others.
• Assesses patient’s functional deficits, plans treatment and implements treatment in an appropriate manner in compliance with standards of professional practice.
• Clinically examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body’s ability to move and function in daily life.
• Participates in recruitment of new therapists.
• Attends appropriate team meetings and communicates/collaborates with other team members, individuals, family members or caregivers.
• Terminates treatment when maximal benefits have been attained as well as developing appropriate discharge plans.
• Maintains records and documentation as required by practice setting, third party payers and regulatory agencies.
• Schedules and prioritizes own workload.
• Monitors own performance and identifies own supervisory needs
• Functions according to the Speech Language Pathologist Association Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice of the profession.
• Supervise support staff.
• Supervise students on clinical rotations from schools that A.R. Gould Hospital has a contract with.