Speech Language Pathologist III, BC Children’s Hospital
Vancouver, BC
BC Children’s Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province’s most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 19, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.

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Speech Language Pathologist III, BC Children’s Hospital

Reference # 77764

Regular, Full-Time

Wage: $35.56 to $44.35

Vancouver, BC

The Speech-Language Pathologist for the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial program is a designated Clinical Specialist regularly asked to consult, give clinical advice and training to others including speech-language pathologists and health care professionals throughout British Columbia, Canada, and internationally, and, participates and follows guidelines as set by the American Cleft Palate Association. Working collaboratively within an inter-professional environment applies knowledge, skills and clinical expertise to assess, plan, implement and evaluate goals and care plans for patients with cleft palate-craniofacial impairments and concomitant pathologies.

Participates in research and in ongoing quality assurance and risk management programs.

Provides a range of clinical services that focus on promoting communication, language and speech and that contribute to a client/patient’s overall cognitive, physical, social and emotional well being.

Duties and Accountabilities:
Assesses and diagnoses communication disorders in children with, or suspected of having, cleft palate and/or other craniofacial conditions, including assessment of oral motor/ pre-speech skills as appropriate. Uses standardized and non-standardized assessment procedures including perceptual and instrumental measures (e.g., nasometry, pressure-flow analysis, nasoendoscopy and videofluoroscopy).
Determines whether speech disorders are structural, phonological, compensatory or neuromuscular in nature; makes recommendations regarding appropriate management; (i.e., surgical intervention, speech prostheses, and/or speech therapy.). Consults with surgical team on appropriate surgical procedures.
Recommends an appropriate remediation program in the form of direct therapy, consultation and training to parents, care-givers, and/or professionals, periodic follow-up where necessary, and/or referrals to other professionals as indicated.
Shares assessment and treatment recommendations with parents and team members, and with community service providers and professionals in the community as appropriate. Provides consultative support to community therapists regarding appropriate intervention strategies for individual clients. Liaises with other agencies to ensure adequate follow-up of communication problems
Contributes to the coordination of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program clinics: facilitates priorization of clinic consultations and referrals, and, recommended follow-up for children based on guidelines for best practice for assessment and treatment of cleft lip/palate and related condition in the correct sequence from birth to age 19.

Education, Experience and Training

Graduation from an academic program in speech-language pathology approved by the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Five (5) years recent, related clinical experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Masters level education and/or training specific to cleft lip and palate.
Certification / demonstrated successful completion of advanced training or education specific to cleft lip and palate beyond entry level to practice.
Full registration in the College of Speech and Hearing Professionals of British Columbia.
Skills and Abilities

Broad knowledge of speech-language pathology diagnostic and therapeutic principals, procedures and approaches, and clinical best practices relevant to the population.
Current knowledge of child development and child language development.
Knowledge of developmental and acquired conditions impacting on and coexisting with communication and speech and language disorders.
An understanding of the process of differential diagnosis of speech, language, communication and swallowing disorders.
Broad knowledge of evidence based practice and research process and methodology.
Ability to interpret nasopharyngoscopy results and to make recommendations for surgery related to speech, breathing and/or feeding in consultation with physicians on the cleft palate team
Demonstrated counseling and listening skills to support families and their children who will face multiple surgeries and procedures and significant psychosocial adjustment to their physical appearance and speech quality
Knowledge and skills related to all aspects of cleft care in order to assess, provide treatment and make recommendations as part of a specialized cleft palate team to optimize feeding, speech (in conjunction with dental and orthodontics specialists), and surgical treatment decisions or procedures for children and youth with a cleft lip/palate
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and external agencies and groups.
Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively and prioritize workload.
Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver presentations and educational sessions.
Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict and or stressful situations.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively within an inter-professional environment.
Demonstrated ability to operate computer equipment and other related technology.
Ability to travel as required by operational needs.
Demonstrated ability to manage ongoing purposeful change.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.

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