Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate, or autism spectrum disorders.

What does Speech-Language Pathologist do?

  • Screen and assess skills in the areas of speech sound articulation, receptive and expressive language, swallowing and hearing and recommend services if needed
  • Educate clients, parents, families and other professionals about speech, language and swallowing
  • Evaluate and assess for assistive technology when an individual does not have the ability to verbally communicate
  • Work with doctors, teachers and other professionals to help people with communication and swallowing deficits
  • Research ways to improve an individual’s communication and swallowing
  • Counsel patients, parents, families and other professionals about speech, language and swallowing
  • Supervise and train students studying to become Speech-Language Pathologists

Requirements for Licensing

  • A master’s or doctoral degree
  • Obtain a passing score on the National certification exam
  • Earn 10 hours of continuing education annually
  • 400 clinical hours and 9 months of supervised experience

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