Position: Feeding Technician
The Feeding Technician is responsible for administering oral motor and feeding protocols developed by Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or clinical supervisor. Monitors patient’s progress and reports back to SLP/clinical supervisor, assists with parent training as directed by SLP/clinical supervisor, assists with clerical and other various daily routine procedures and performs duties necessary for program development and research projects.
Job Duties / Responsibilities:
- Assists with and/or administers initial evaluations including baselines, reinforcer/baseline assessment, oral motor evaluation, and food preference and texture assessment, if clinically indicated.
- Monitors and assesses the feeding needs of the patient within technician guidelines and reports to SLP/supervisor with information. With SLP/supervisor, collaboratively develops and administers necessary revisions to the patient’s plan of care.
- Reports to supervisor about any diagnostic, preventive or rehabilitative procedures that may be appropriate to the patient’s care and safety. Makes suggestions to the SLP/supervisor concerning referrals to other disciplines, as indicated by the needs of the patient or documents rationale for not doing so.
- Immediately reports incident to /supervisor if any difficulty with feeding, health or behavioral issue is observed.
- Administers the individual behavioral feeding protocol, with supervision as necessary, from the clinical supervisor/SLP.
- Administers oral motor protocol (where required) with supervision from SLP, as necessary, as designated within technician guidelines.
- Collects, compiles, enters information into data base and analyzes data accurately across patients as needed.
- Assists in training caregivers in treatment protocols prior to discharge from Feeding Program.
- Completes documentation in a timely manner.
- Assists in training new employees on the duties of the Technician.
- Attends weekly team conferences, team meetings, in-services, and department meetings.
- Completes Relias and/or any hospital mandatory training programs by the assigned date.
- Takes soiled dishes/cutlery/oral motor tools from therapy rooms to kitchen for cleaning/sanitizing after each therapy session.
- Sanitizes all toys/equipment used in feeding therapy room and in family lounge as indicated/scheduled.
- Cleans and organizes feeding therapy room cabinets (i.e., toys) daily.
- Participates in stocking and assists Program Coordinator in ordering materials needed for therapy rooms and office.
- Cooperates and consults with appropriate staff to provide staff education when requested.
- Participates in the quality improvement program of the facility.
- Participates in research.
We recognize ability and reward excellence:
- Excellent individual/family benefits
- Tuition reimbursement
- Life insurance
- Flexible spending accounts
- 403(b) retirement plan
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Formal education required:
- Bachelor’s degree – preferably in Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Education.
- Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) preferred.
Previous experience required:
- Minimum of 1 year experience in pediatrics /feeding preferred.
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is one of the nation’s premier providers of intensive rehabilitation and specialized care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. The largest pediatric post-acute care provider of its kind in the region, St. Mary’s treats 2,000 children each day through our hospital, Home Care and Community Programs in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and beyond. Following hospitalizations for complications from premature birth, illness and injury, or when special services are needed, children and their families come to St. Mary’s to receive exceptional care, learn to manage their condition, and achieve a better quality of life.
We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.