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Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) - Acute Care (Per Diem)

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Windham Hospital


Willimantic, CT

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Job Schedule: Per Diem
Standard Hours: 1
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Job Summary

Our current opening is for a per diem Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with our acute care teams at Backus Hospital and Windham Hospital. Flexible scheduling; weekend, holiday and time off coverage. Evening/Weekday coverage a plus! 


The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) independently evaluates patient’s level of function and determines, develops, and implements individualized treatment goals and plans in alignment with the patient/caregiver goals. The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) determines treatment strategies and delivers Speech Language Therapy services that identify, restore, and rehabilitate disorders of communication, cognition and swallowing to maximize a patient’s safety and independence.

This role encompasses evaluation skills and techniques, analysis of patients, and application of speech therapy to maximize the patient's functional independence. 


·         Upon Physician referral, performs thorough evaluation of patient’s oral-motor strength/agility, motor speech, voice, deglutition, auditory comprehension, reading comprehension, verbal expression, written expression, memory, problem solving and attention. Evaluates the existence, nature, and severity of speech, language and/or hearing disorders.

·         Establish measurable goals with the patient/family based on appropriate patient care protocols and critical paths in order to meet patient needs.

·         Implement, deliver and delegate patient care by utilizing appropriate interventions and age-specific interventions and treatments through selected activities and exercises.

·         Provides patient and caregiver education regarding treatment, precautions, and equipment use

·         Participates in patient transition planning and/or patient discharge planning including recommendations to community resources to meet patient needs throughout the continuum of care. Help to coordinate patient care with other care providers such as Rehab Therapists, Nurses, Social Workers, and other community resources as related to care transition planning.


  • ·         Master’s Degree, Clinical Doctorate or PhD in Speech Language Pathology from an accredited Speech Pathology program
  • ·         Previous experience as a Speech Language Pathologist in an acute care setting preferred
  • ·         Current State of Connecticut license in Speech Language Pathology or meets minimum requirements for a Supervised Professional Experience (SPE) plan required
  • ·         Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) with passing score on the national SLP Praxis® exam or Approved Clinical Fellowship plan from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Knowledge, Skills and Ability Requirements 

  • ·         Works efficiently and organizes time appropriately. Ability to prioritize daily work assignments.
  • ·         Ability to read and understand oral and written instructions, and effectively communicate information.
  • ·         Basic computer skills (including opening/reading email, text messaging, basic internet use). Proficient skills in windows-based software (including word processing, database, spreadsheet and presentation programs). Experience with electronic medical records preferred.
  • ·         Working knowledge of State Practice Act and Federal Medicaid and Medicare regulations.
  • ·         Excellent interpersonal skills and team player
  • ·         Demonstrates competence, including knowledge and behaviors, to meet age-specific patients’ needs
  • ·         Maintains infection control policies related to patient care
  • ·         Ability to exercise independent judgement
  • ·         Able to adapt to a changing environment

Problem Solving and Decision Making

·         Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with the entire patient care team

·         Requires the ability to exercise discretion and use good judgment to perform duties promptly and consistently with little direction.

·         Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.

·         Requires high level of analytical ability in order to gather and interpret information from various sources.

·         Able to take appropriate actions in response to changes, circumstances ability concerning the daily activities of the position.


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