Speech / Language Pathologist
What is a speech/language pathologist?
Speech/language pathologists specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating people with communication problems that result from disability, surgery, or developmental disorders. They are also instrumental in preventing disorders related to speech, language, cognitive communication, voice, and fluency. This includes both receptive (understanding speech) and expressive (speaking) communication problems. They also evaluate and treat people with swallowing disorders due to stroke, brain injury, or other nervous system impairments.
Speech/language pathologists often direct care related to the following:
- speech, language, and swallowing disorders
- speech fluency and stuttering disorders
- voice disorders
- augmentative communication devices
- written language disorders
- cognitive (thinking, memory, and learning) disorders
Speech/language pathologists may practice in a variety of settings, including the following:
- early intervention - head start, early childhood development programs
- inpatient rehabilitation centers
- outpatient rehabilitation centers
- nursing homes
- home health settings
- private practice
Most speech/language pathologists hold a Master's degree and have national certification through the American Speech and Hearing Association (CCC-SLP).
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