Speech Language Pathologist
at La Rabida Children's Hospital

Date Posted: 3/28/2019

Job Description

One (1) Full-time position

Tuesday - Saturday schedule

Provide speech, language and oral motor/feeding diagnostics and therapeutic intervention to pediatric inpatients and outpatients.

Direct patient care: Treatment

  • Develops and implements treatment plan based on clinical assessment; utilizes treatment methods appropriate to developmental level, with consideration of sensory and medical status. 

Direct patient care: Evaluation

  • Selects formal and informal measures to assess mode of communication, parent understanding of child's communication and development, sensory information regarding vision and hearing, play and behavior, receptive and expressive language, oral-motor/feeding skills, attention, fluency, voice, articulation, pragmatics, respiratory function, state regulation, level of alertness, memory.
  • Provides speech, language, feeding/swallowing, and hearing screening as necessary.


  • Become competent with hospital’s practice management system, including electronic medical recordkeeping modules, as needed.
  • Complete clinical reports in a timely fashion (initial evaluations, re-evaluations, discharge summary)
  • Develop IRSP - revise every six months for inpatients and every 12 months for outpatients
  • Create treatment plan for patients on caseload; Track progress on schedule as needed.
  • Write contact notes and record of missed appointments for daily/weekly appointments; submit charges within 24 hours
  • Miscellaneous - release of information and consent to photograph, rounds notation, OPM intake form, telephone calls and other contacts with outside agencies and personnel
  • Correspondence - unable to contact, missed appointments, confirmation of evaluation appointment, treatment confirmation, miscellaneous correspondence as needed.
  • Provides necessary documentation to apply for and maintain license and credentials
  • Keep logs as necessary, including patient outcomes data, work flow information, and other logs as assigned.

Multidisciplinary meetings regarding patient care

  • Team staffing within Developmental and Rehabilitative Services Dept.
  • Rounds
  • Formal or informal consultations and collaboration with inside and outside professionals
  • IFSP meetings
  • CQI team meetings as necessary

Team Leadership/Case management

  • Performs duties of team leader at team evaluations, family staffings and other patient-related meetings
  • Arranges for further patient consults as needed
  • Assists families in accessing community resources as appropriate

 Family Teaching

  • Prepares written materials for family as needed
  • Uses family-friendly language to explain speech-language pathology issues and treatment plan
  • Demonstrates appropriate techniques for families to use with their children

Program Development

  • Participates on committees and task forces
  • Collaborates with other professionals regarding programs and group treatment
  • Collaborates with other professionals regarding research studies of pertinent clinical issues
  • Develops new methods and materials to incorporate into practice

Providing In-service Training

Any combination of the following:

  • Resident education
  • Nursing orientation
  • Foster parent training
  • Feeder-Rocker (Volunteer) training
  • Department training
  • Outside speaking engagements (i.e., at conferences or other facilities)
  • Hosting visitors to department

Student Supervision

  • Orientation to department
  • Supervision of patient contact
  • Meetings with clinical supervisor from University
  • Documentation of contact hours
  • Monitor student documentation
  • Evaluation and conference with student

Job Requirements

  • Masters in Speech Language Pathology or equivalent required.
  • Pediatric experience and hospital experience preferred.
  • Current Illinois licensure required.
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Certification of Clinical Competence (CCC)
  • Early intervention credential preferred.  Early Intervention Evaluator’s credential preferred.
  • Knowledge of oral motor and feeding therapy techniques preferred.
  • Possess great empathy and organization skills.

Job Snapshot

About Us

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago.  We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.  La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place.  Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. We also offer psychology training programs in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive. Our lakefront location is spectacular. We are an equal opportunity employer. We promote healthy eating and our facilities are smoke free.

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