Pediatric Speech & Language Pathologist and a Speech Therapist Assitant

Los Angeles, California, United States | NAPA Center LA | Full-time

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NAPA Center is one of the world's leading pediatric neurological rehabilitation clinics. We are dedicated to delivering excellent, innovative, and effective multi-disciplinary therapy services to children with a variety of neurological and developmental needs. 

NAPA Center is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, and has two other locations, one located in Boston, MA and the other in Sydney, Australia. We offer both hourly and intensive (three-week) programs utilizing therapy methods from around the world, and have a proven track record of helping children achieve and even surpassing their goals. 

We have a strong framework in multi-disciplinary rehabilitation and early intervention and use diverse techniques of traditional and non-traditional therapies including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental feeding services, NeuroSuit Therapy, CME/Medek therapy and SpiderCage therapy, all under one roof. Our programs are individually tailored to incorporate each child's specific needs. You will need to have a passion for children, a strong work ethic, be physically fit, willing to learn and strive for excellence in delivery therapy.

Position Overview:

Speech & Language Pathologists and Speech Therapist Assitant provide services to develop communication systems and improve oropharyngeal dysphagia symptoms of patients whose abilities to communicate effectively are threatened or impaired by physical illness or injury, psychosocial disabilities, the aging process, or by developmental deficits.

Speech & Language Pathologists at NAPA Center complete skilled assessments and provide intervention to infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with disorders that affect the development of motor, cognitive, and behavioral skills within the professional scope of practice. The role will require all therapists to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide evidence-based interventions to patients with complex communication and feeding needs.

It is expected that each therapist will be able to complete all of the below responsibilities with little or no supervision required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Teaching prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment with documentation of speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and feeding-swallowing disorders primarily in the pediatric population.
  • Possess general knowledge of child development to assess and refer families to other disciplines when appropriate.
  • Assess a client’s condition using a variety of standardized tools to determine a plan for treatment.
  • Involvement with patient, family, and caregivers to train, teach, and provide strategies to improve communication in all environments.
  • Utilize multiple frames of reference to inform practice including but not limited to: neurodevelopmental, developmental biomechanical, sensory integration, motor learning, cognitive, and rehabilitation.
  • Create tailored treatment plans to address client’s limitations, taking into account their age, abilities and other medical/physical factors.
  • Assessment, development, application and/or training in the use of aided communication devices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of AAC systems and access methods, including, but not limited to, eye gaze and switch access.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of assessment and treatment of oral motor skills and feeding/swallowing mechanics.
  • Utilization of multi-modal communication strategies (Sign Language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, verbal language, gesture, body language, etc.).
  • Prescribe home exercise programs for patient/caregivers to promote carryover and generalization of skills obtained during therapy sessions for continued progress in the community.
  • Adapt environments and processes to enhance the functional performance of clients in and out of therapy sessions.
  • Actively participate in professional development including continuing education opportunities provided through the organization, from outside providers, as well as through opportunities offered as part of regular clinical supervision
  • Maintain impeccable documentation. Ensure that treatment notes are recorded accurately and timely in the electronic health record system, according to the policies of NAPA Center.
  • Report writing including but not limited to evaluations, progress reports, school district annual IEP reports, assistive technology.
  • Act as a member of an interdisciplinary team to create a comprehensive developmental approach to client-centered care.
  • Develop rapport with clients and families to build a relationship of trust and mutual respect.
  • Work closely with administrative staff to manage the schedule and ensure that time is being used productively.
  • Provide input into the development of clinical practices and procedures.
  • Act in accordance with all company, legal and industry policies and ethics.
  • Comply with all professional development requirements for maintenance of registration as a Speech & Language Pathologist with the appropriate licensing board.
  • Work in a healthy and safe manner and encourage others to do the same

Personal Role Requirements:

  • Minimum qualifications include completion of at least a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), from an accredited University.
  • Strong clinical experience - at least 2 years post graduate Speech Pathology experience, preferably in a pediatric setting with exposure to children with disabilities.
  • Background clearance by the DOJ and FBI.
  • Annual TB test clearance.
  • CPR and First Aid certificates.
  • Current license with the appropriate licensing board.
  • Good Physical health and fitness and the ability to lift up to 50lbs, extended periods of standing and/or sitting on the floor.
  • Create a safe, professional, and supportive environment where clients, families and colleagues feel empowered to succeed.
  • Ability to communicate confidently and effectively with clients and other medical professionals.
  • Display a level of professional empathy towards clients and the ability to develop rapport.
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with clients and their families.
  • Exercise discipline by completing all documentation, reporting requirements and training in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Team player that can demonstrate the values for working as part of our multi-disciplinary team to advance a client’s needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to take on additional responsibilities with time, including assessment and development of treatment plans for more complex cases, supervision of therapy aides/volunteers and additional clinic responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel for periods of time for training/treating may be required.

Company Values:

All NAPA Center employees must demonstrate the company’s core values which include:

  • Love –NAPA is a family business built on the love that parents have for their children. Embody NAPA’s spirit of love through kind actions, warmth and communication used every day.
  • Share - strive to collaborate and educate as part of the NAPA team, so that our clients and their families leave NAPA with positivity and hope.
  • Grow – evolve, engage and continue to learn, from our clients, our colleagues and our industry so that we truly offer the best therapy possible.
  • Hope – believe in the potential of every child and commit to helping them succeed, giving families hope when others have failed.