The Speech-Language Pathologist provides services for prevention, identification, diagnosis, consultation, education and rehabilitation of patients with acquired communication, swallowing and upper airway disorders. This position works as part of a multi-disciplinary team. The SLP typically performs the initial exam for patients with voice, swallowing and airway issues prior to evaluation by the ENT Physician. In consultation with the ENT Physician, the SLP may make recommendations for additional testing as deemed necessary.
Essential Job Functions
Voice, airway and speech/communication – promotion of good vocal hygiene and healthy voice/speech practices to maintain effective communication/speech for activities of daily living and the professional communication needs of the working population.
Swallowing – promoting the dissemination of safe eating strategies, diet recommendations and participating in the early detection/diagnosis of eating/swallowing concerns which may impact on the nutritional needs of a clinical population during oral intake.
Airway – assisting in the diagnosis and detection of airway disorders at the level of the larynx which may compromise a person’s activities of daily living, livelihood, and leading to further negative impact on either or both speech and swallow function.
Screening for speech, orofacial myofunctional disorders, language, cognitive communication disorders, and/or preferred communication modalities that may affect education, health, development or communication and may result in recommendations for rescreening or comprehensive speech-language pathology assessment or in referral for other examinations or services;
Screening for populations and individuals with or at risk for hearing loss and other auditory dysfunction, balance impairments, tinnitus, and associated communication impairments as well as of those with normal hearing;
In collaboration with audiologists, identification of populations and individuals at risk for developing speech-language impairments;
Activities to identify dysfunction with respect to voice, airway, speech, communication and swallow function within the scope of an otolaryngology specialty clinical setting.
The performance and interpretation of behavioral, perceptual and instrumental (video laryngoscopy/stroboscopy, and FEES) methods to assess voice, speech/articulation, language, breathing and swallow function together with related systems;
The performance and interpretation of behavioral, perceptual and clinical/instrumental methods to assess alternative voice/communication options for the clinical laryngectomee population;
The performance and initial interpretation/analysis of Restech pH probe technology to further assess presence/severity of laryngopharyngeal reflux;
Preparation of a report including interpreting data, summarizing findings, generating recommendations and developing a speech pathology treatment/management plan for identified disorders related to voice, speech, swallow and breathing;
Referrals to other professions, agencies, and/or consumer organizations.
Candidacy identification of persons with voice, speech, swallow and/or airway disorders for behavioral therapy, in combination or singly with other medical therapy to address identified deficits;
Development of a culturally appropriate comprehensive management plan of care either singly or in conjunction with other medical therapy including, when appropriate:
Recommendations for further diagnostic or specialty services not directly available through the private ENT clinic;
Availability of counseling relating to psychosocial aspects of voice/swallow loss;
Skills training and consultation concerning environmental modifications to facilitate least restrictive environment for activities of daily living and daily nutritional intake;
Skills training and consultation concerning environmental modifications to facilitate least restrictive environment for the continued development of receptive and expressive communication and daily nutritional needs;
Ongoing evaluation and modification of the speech pathology management plan;
Provision of comprehensive speech pathology services for voice and speech rehabilitation, diagnosed laryngeal airway dysfunction and oropharyngeal and pharyngeal/esophageal swallow dysfunction;
Provision and coordination of education for the laryngectomee population regarding daily management of ADL’s, available communication options/strategies, instruction/training in alaryngeal speech options, and ongoing TEP prosthesis care;
Provision and patient training of behavioral strategies for the management of identified GERD, LPR, habit and neurogenic cough, PVFM (also known as VCD/ILO), vocal hygiene and hydration, both separately and in combination with comprehensive care for voice/speech, swallow and laryngeal airway dysfunction;
Communication: Must be able to clearly convey thoughts and ideas about patient's treatment plans and diagnoses. Must correspond with other medical professionals to ensure patient care.
Critical Thinking: Must use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Listening Skills: Must be able to identify complex problems and develop and evaluate corrective options and implement solutions. Must listen to patients to determine problems and treatments.
Empathy: Must be able to empathize with a patient's pain and difficulties. Need to make people feel comfortable and meet them at their emotional level.
The SLP works in an office setting.
Minimal travel required
Required Education and Experience
The qualified candidate must have a master’s degree and Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech/Language Pathology from the ASHA and must be licensed in the state of MN or be eligible for MN Licensure.
(We cannot accept candidates in their Clinical Fellowship Year.)
In addition, the qualified candidate must have at least three years of experience working in a clinical setting with instrumental evaluation of voice and swallowing disorders, including video laryngoscopy/stroboscopy, and FEES. Experience working with professional voice/singers also helpful.
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, including health insurance, disability, retirement plans, PTO, Holiday Pay and more.
Internal Number: 2019 SLP St Cloud MN
About St. Cloud Ear Nose and Throat Clinic
Since 1966, St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic has pursued the mission of providing the highest quality, innovative and cost-effective specialty care to the people of Central Minnesota. This clinic is independently owned with approximately 50 employees. The clinic is located in St. Cloud, MN.
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