What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

April 2, 2009 at 12:29 am Leave a comment

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is often also referred to as a “speech therapist”. An SLP can evaluate, diagnose and treat disorders related to communication and swallowing. An SLP must hold a graduate degree from an ASHA accredited program and complete at least nine months of supervised clinical fellowship in order to practice.

Who Do Speech-Language Pathologists work with?

SLPs work with people of all ages, throughout the lifespan. From infants to the elderly, an SLP has a role in treatment of many different medical, educational and social disabilities and illnesses.

Where do Speech-Language Pathologists work?

SLPs practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, clinics, private practices, rehabilitation facilities, nursing care facilities, state and local agencies, early intervention, adult day care centers, and home health agencies. Settings can vary dramatically making the diversity within the profession of speech-language pathology widespread.

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