Speech Language Pathology Assistant - BFL


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Bakersfield Clinical Facility
5215 Ashe Road
United States of America



Laugh, create, give, and love. These are just a few of the positive words of affirmation that describe the culture at Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS).  We work together as a team and continually inspire each other to lead positive change, learn, and grow.  Our commitment to research, innovation, and advances in technology drives us to reach for what could be possible.  Every day is a new day to smile, do, and change. We are passionate about our work and making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.

CNS helps people with brain injury find hope, independence and a meaningful life - and you can play a key role in that journey as a Speech-Language Pathology Assistant.

The Staff Speech-Language Pathology Assistant is responsible for participating in the application of a variety of speech and cognitive therapeutic techniques for the rehabilitation of patients.  Work is full time during weekdays.  Work is performed at the clinic with some work occasionally at the residential site or in the community.

This position requires a high degree of accuracy in documentation and observation, strong organizational and communication skills, an ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing needs of staff and patients, and a strong background in the nature, treatment and identification of cognitive, language, auditory, or verbal disorders.

Since 1980, CNS has provided post-acute medical treatment, rehabilitation and disease management, and offers residential, inpatient, outpatient and assisted living programs. Locations include Bakersfield, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston.

Our facilities have been honored many times by the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for excellence in therapeutic programs, staff education, patient treatment, and leadership. We also conduct research on brain injury and recovery, with a dedicated, in-house team of Ph.D. researchers who collaborate with major U.S. universities. Please see our moving corporate video, "The Story of Centre for Neuro Skills" at http://www.neuroskills.com/about-us/tour-cns.php.

The company offers a competitive salary and benefits, paid time off, extended sick leave, medical insurance, paid holidays, and 401(k).

Minimum Requirements



1. Contributes to the examination and evaluation of patients, identifies communication/cognitive problems, including the type of problems such as cognition, dysarthria, apraxia, language, dysfluency, dysphagia, etc., the causal and/or maintaining factors, and the severity of the problems.  Implements patient treatment programs (therapy and home programs).  Treatment activities may include, but are not limited to, the Cognition Module, Attention Module, Auditory Rehabilitation Module, Echoic Store, Iconic Store, orientation, passive breathing, thermal stimulation, etc.  Consistently updates/keeps Speech-Language Pathologist up to date on progress to ascertain program's effectiveness and needed modification of patient programs as needed. Requires visual and auditory acuity, verbal ability, fine motor coordination, problem solving, judgement, and planning abilities, to evaluate and treat patients.

2. Assists in administering, scoring, and interpreting of highly specialized diagnostic tests including, but not limited to, The Woodcock Johnson Test of Cognitive Abilities, Boston Aphasia Diagnostic Exam, Muma Assessment Program, etc., to determine the nature and extent of the communication/cognitive disorder(s).  Informal tests are used as necessary.  Employs electronic equipment such as audio and visual recorders, and auditory trainers.  Other equipment may include laryngeal mirrors, tongue blades, flashlights, and computers as needed in the evaluation and treatment of patients.

3. Determines whether there is some organic basis for the communication problem through examination of the patient's oral peripheral mechanism and review of the medical records.  Recommends need for medical, surgical, and/or prosthetic evaluation to aid in the rehabilitation of organically based communication problems, and communicate such to the Speech-Language Pathologist and/or Clinical Case Manager in charge of the patient's rehabilitation care to refer with proper medical personnel.  Requires visual and auditory acuity, fine motor coordination, and safety awareness to administer examinations and treatment following set procedures and policies.

4. Requires ability to detect and identify specific needs of patients and make decisions based on needs.  Requests appropriate referrals to other services for evaluation of factors related to the communication/cognitive disorder, i.e. audiology, otolaryngology, neurology, or other disciplines as needed. 

5. Evaluates the need for prosthetic appliances to aid or facilitate the patient's treatment and development of communication skills such as communication boards, electronic devices and other necessary equipment.  Makes recommendations regarding the need for evaluation of such devices as necessary.  Requires ability to detect and identify specific needs of patients and make decisions based upon such needs. 

6. Performs reporting procedures.

a. Submits monthly (or more frequent) conference reports, initial evaluations, discharge summaries and therapeutic home programs for assigned patients.

b. Performs daily charting for patients treated.

c. Reports verbally or in writing (according to patient/carrier/company needs) in conferences, staffings and other meetings to inform necessary personnel, insurance carriers, patients' families, patients (as appropriate) or others of patient testing, treatment and progress. Requires visual ability, fine motor manipulation, and knowledge of grammar and spelling to dictate and review/edit reports.

7. Provides for the safety of patients, visitors, staff and self when interacting with patients who may have behavioral outbursts, which can include yelling, exiting, hitting, kicking, biting, spitting, scratching, and throwing objects.

a. Must be able to recognize patient escalation, via verbal, physical and visual cues.

b. Must be able to attempt to verbally and physically de-escalate patient using behavior management according to each patient's program, which may include Professional Assault Crisis Training (Pro-ACT) such as evasive self-defense (ability to get out of the way) and controlling self-defense (restraints).

c. Physical intervention and restraints can include calling for help, lifting, standing, walking, running, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, carrying, pulling, pushing and assisting with the restraint of patients weighing up to 200 pounds or more.

8. Performs toilet and chair transfers without assistance for patients up to 150 pounds utilizing approved transfer techniques. Transfer techniques include standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, squatting, lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling. Patients requiring moderate to maximum assistance and weighing over 200 pounds are lifted and/or transferred by two persons.

9. Uses special equipment as required by each patient including, but not limited to wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. at any given time according to the outline of each patient's program. May require fine motor manipulation, lifting, reaching, carrying, pushing and pulling when working with equipment.

10. Maintains professional and ethical relationships with staff, patients, patient families, students and other visitors.

11. Attends staff meetings, in-services, and all scheduled shifts.

12. Comprehends and follows instructions:

a. Maintain attention and concentration for necessary periods

b. Apply common sense understanding and carry out instructions (written, oral or diagrammatic)

c. Adapt to situations requiring the precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards

13. Performs simple and repetitive tasks:

a. Ask simple questions or request assistance when needed

b. Perform routine, concrete, organized activities

c. Remember locations and work procedures

d. Make decisions based on simple sensory data

14. Maintains work pace appropriate to given work load:

a. Perform activities on schedule, maintain regular attendance, and be punctual within specified tolerance

b. Complete normal workday and/or week, perform at a consistent pace without excessive rest periods

15. Performs complex or varied tasks:

a. Synthesize, coordinate and analyze data

b. Perform job requiring precise attainment of set limits, tolerances or standards

16. Relates to other people beyond giving and receiving instructions:

a. Can get along with co-workers or peers without exhibiting behavioral extremes

b. Maintain open door policy to encourage active, empathetic listening.

c. Perform work activities requiring negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others

d. Respond appropriately to criticism from a supervisor and/or other staff member(s)

17. Effectively influences people on a consistent basis:

a. Convince or redirect others

b. Understand the meaning of words and use them effectively

c. Interact appropriately with people which includes the provision of appropriate internal and external customer service

18. Makes generalizations, evaluations or decisions without immediate supervision:

a. Recognize potential hazards and observe appropriate precautions

b. Understand and remember detailed instructions

c. Make independent decisions or judgments based on sensory data or known guidelines

19. Accepts and carries out responsibility for direction, control and planning:

a. Set realistic goals or make plans independently of others

b. Negotiate, instruct or supervise people

c. Respond appropriately to changes in the work setting


1. Conducts in house training sessions regarding Speech-Language Pathology when needed.

2. Assists in the establishment of department policies and procedures.

3. Supervises speech students as requested.

4. Transports patients as needed.

5. Other duties as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s Degree required, preferably in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders.

2. Current or eligible for state Speech-Language Pathology Assistant licensure.

3. Acute or post-acute rehabilitation experience preferred.