- National projections show a growing need for speech-language pathologists (SLP) in all settings.
- SLPs are knowledgeable about the nature, evaluation and treatment of all types of communication problems that affect interpersonal communication.
- SLPs work with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages.
- SLPs determine the extent to which they can provide and/or recommend adequate services for habilitation or rehabilitation of persons with the following disorders:
- Voice and resonance (including respiration and phonation)
- Receptive and expressive language
- Hearing (including the impact on speech and language)
- Swallowing (oral, pharyngeal, esophageal, and related functions, including oral function for feeding; orofacial myofunction)
- Cognitive assessments of communication (attention, memory, sequencing, problem–solving, executive functioning )
- Social aspects of communication (challenging behavior, ineffective social skills, and lack of communication opportunities)
- Communication modalities (including oral, manual, augmentative and alternative communication techniques, and assistive technologies.
- In addition, SLPs conduct research; supervise and direct clinical programs; develop new products and methods; manage agencies, clinics or private practices; and teach in universities and other settings.
SLP’s work in many settings, including:
- Public schools
- Hospitals, rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities
- Private Clinics
- University Centers
- Health Centers
- Government Agencies and many other settings
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) sets the standards for attainment of the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). To be eligible to apply for the CCC, individuals must:
- Complete a Master’s Degree in SLP and other coursework required by ASHA including a biological science, physical science, statistics, and a social science
- Complete clinical practicum which includes a minimum of 400 clock hours across all disorder types and ages to obtain knowledge and skill competencies
- Pass the PRAXIS National Examination in Speech-Language Pathology
- Complete a 9-month (full-time) clinical fellowship
For more information about the profession, see www.asha.org/careers/professions
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