Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) both identify and treat communication problems related to language and speech. Working with patients of all ages, Speech Language Pathologists seek to improve communication skills through vocal exercises and cognitive therapies.
- Uses written and oral tests, as well as special instruments, to diagnose the nature and extent of impairment
- Analyzes speech, language and swallowing irregularities
- Develop an individualized plan of care tailored to each patient’s needs
- Selects augmentative or alternative communication methods, including automated devices and sign language, and teaches their use to individuals with little or no speech capability
- Teaches those with little or no speech capability how to make sounds, improve their voices, or increase their language skills to communicate more effectively
- Helps patients who have suffered loss of speech develop, or recover, reliable communication skills, so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles
- Writes and maintains patient case notes and reports
- Educates and counsels families, caregivers, and other professionals
- Performs other position-related duties as assigned, depending on assignment setting
The hours and days that Speech Language Pathologists work varies by assignment setting; evening and weekend work may be required in order to fit patient schedules. Although the job is not physically demanding, it requires attention to detail and intense concentration, as well as excellent oral and audiology communication skills. Patients may have emotionally demanding treatment needs.
- Graduate of an accredited SLP program
- Current SLP license, in good standing with the State licensing board
- Cognitive skills as related to the position