Evaluate and treat patients in the inpatient setting for any dysphagia and/or speech disorders. Responsibilities include Bedside swallow evaluations, recommending appropriate diets and/or compensatory strategies with feeding, performing Modified Barium Swallow (MBSS) studies if necessary for best pt. care, speech and language evaluations both formal and informal, cognitive screenings and/or evaluations. Goals developed to meet each individual patients needs in treatment. Documentation of all evaluations, treatment, progress and adjustments to goals as/if needed to meet changing needs. Education given to patients, families and staff as appropriate regarding pt.s' diagnosis, plan of care, progress, etc.
Perform and document initial exams and determine appropriate diagnoses.Identify and properly document patient goals, evaluate progress and plan reevaluation.Regularly evaluate effects of treatment and adjust to achieve maximum benefit.Reviewedphysician referrals and patient medical records to formulate an accurate diagnosis and best course of treatment.Implement new systems and policies that directly resulted in improved customer service and regulatory compliance.Compassionately assist patients with debilitating conditions such as head injuries, strokes and cerebral palsy.Consult, evaluate and diagnose communication and cognitive-communication deficits and dysphagia.Facilitate health and healing by cultivating caring relationships with patients.Establish realistic speech therapy goals for the patient, address those goals through treatment and adjust goals based on patient progress.
In-services to staff including MD, RN, RT, PT, OT, Techs, Pharmacy and Administration for: Dysphagia, food and liquid consistencies, palliative feeding, speech valve use with trachoetomized patients 2009- Current
Perform and document, electronically, initial exams after reviewing physician referrals and patient medical records to formulate an accurate diagnosis and then determine best course of treatment. Be available to both the staff and the hospitals patients on an as needed basis to ensure holding the hospitals standards that patients deserve timely and excellent patient care.
Conducted small group and individual therapy both in the classroom and in isolated settings depending on what was the least restrictive environment for each student. Designed treatment goals and activities based on differentiated learning needs.Developed individual educational plans (IEP) designed to promote educational, physical and social development.Established and communicated clear objectives for all lessons, units and projects to both students and parents.
Bob and Janice Rowland Academic Scholarship, 1995-1997
Nomination for Clinician of the Year, 2004
Leadership Committee, 2007-2008
Pain Management Committee, 2010-2011
Presentation on the prevention of aspiration in the LTAC setting to all Orientation/new employees 2009- Current
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