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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.
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Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • 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
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