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Is speech-language pathology the right profession for you?
Think about this: Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) assist people with communication disorders improve their quality of life.
What do speech-language pathologists do?
- Help individuals with articulation disorders learn how to say speech sounds correctly
- Assist individuals with voice disorders develop proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems for correct voice production
- Assist individuals who stutter increase their fluency
- Help children with language disorders improve language comprehension and production (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, and story-telling skills)
- Assist individuals with aphasia improve comprehension of speech and reading and production of spoken and written language
- Assist individuals with severe communication disorders with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, including speech-generating devices (SGDs)
- Help individuals with speech and language disorders and their communication partners understand the disorders to achieve more effective communication in educational, social, and vocational settings
- Advise individuals and the community on how to prevent speech and language disorders
- Help people with Swallowing disorders
- Help people with cognitive-communication disorders– the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions (e.g., self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
- Auditory processing disorders– the inability to understand spoken language in the absence of a hearing problem.
- Accent modification for individuals without communication disorders.
Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in:
- Public and private schools
- Rehabilitation centers
- Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
- Community clinics
- Colleges and universities
- Private practice
- State, federal and local health departments & government agencies
- Home care
- Adult day care centers
- Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
- Research laboratories
- Institutes and private agencies
- (Source: www.asha.org)