Do you want to help people with their communication skills?
Consider becoming a speech language pathologist (SLP)!
The Actual Job
SLPs help people to become independent communicators using speech, gestures and/or communication aids as needed.
SLPs screen, assess, identify and treat:
Disorders of speech, language, voice, fluency (stuttering)
Swallowing and feeding problems
SLPs may limit their practice by age, type of disorder or interest.
Which of the following duties does a SLP NOT do?
Where You Will Find SLPs
SLPs work in a variety of settings.
Early intervention programs
Universities and colleges
Top 6 Skills Of SLPs
SLPs are dynamic professionals! On a day-to-day basis, SLPs:
Readily take care of the needs of other people.
Closely observe and take notes to develop an informed treatment plan.
Plan, manage, develop and carry out specific treatment plans for individuals.
Educate and explain problems with sensitivity to individuals and their family.
Engage in research to solve problems.
Work in a team. SLPs work closely with teachers, doctors, nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists and other health professionals.
Which of the following skills is the most IMPORTANT when speaking to parents about their child's hearing loss?
What Education Is Required?
In Canada and the United States , a master’s degree in speech-language pathology (or equivalent) is required to practice.
In the United States, an undergraduate degree in CSD (Communication Sciences and Disorders) is the most common pathway into speech-language pathology graduate programs, but is not required.
Show Me The Money!
Median national wage is $42/per hour
Median national wage is $38.04/per hour
Choose The Next SLP
Farhan enjoys working indepedently in a quiet environment.
Sharmilla enjoys planning and working in team environment.
Julie prefers to work from home helping people organize their finances.
Who would make the best SLP?
Does it sound like a career as an SLP could be a good path for you?
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