Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists work with children and adults to prevent, assess, diagnose, and provide treatment and counselling for speech, language, voice, fluency, and swallowing disorders.

Speech-language pathologists need good communication and analytical skills. They also need a high level of independent problem solving. Speech-language pathologists must excel in linguistic analysis and be highly efficient language users.

Thoughtfulness and empathy are also needed to help patients and their families understand the nature of the communication and swallowing problems, and the likely outcome of treatments. Continual upgrading of knowledge in the field is also essential. Intervention for developmental or medical conditions may involve a variety of activities including one-to-one therapy, group therapy, or consulting with parents and others. Intervention goals vary depending on the situation. For example, the goal may be to make a client's speech understandable, encourage language development, or restore language use after a stroke.

 

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