Summary:

Speech Language Pathologists (also known as Speech Pathologists or Speech Therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Speech-language pathologists work with a variety of clients including but not limited to:

  • Infants with feeding/swallowing difficulties

  • Toddlers with delayed language development,

  • Preschoolers and school age children with articulation and phonological disorders, language delays/disorders, delayed play skill development, delayed pragmatic language skills,

  • Children with Autism or other syndromes

  • Children with language processing disorders and language-based learning disabilities.

  • Individuals who stutter.

  • Individuals with voice disorders

  • Individuals with difficulty swallowing

  • Hearing impaired individuals

  • Individuals who have a stroke, head injury, or neurological disorders that affects speech, language, cognition, or swallowing

  • Individuals who wish to modify their accent.

Work Sites:

Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings including: Public and private schools, Hospitals, Rehabilitation centers, Short-term and long-term care facilities, Colleges or universities, Private practice offices, State and local health departments, State and governmental agencies, Home health agencies, Adult day care centers/Centers for developmental disabilities, and Research laboratories.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate patients to determine their specific speech or language challenges, such as swallowing disorders, stuttering, inappropriate pitch or delayed language, then develop and implement treatment plans to address these issues

  • Maintain accurate documentation and write reports detailing initial evaluation, progress, treatment and discharge information

  • Monitor patients’ progress continually and make treatment plan adjustments when needed

  • Educate patients and their family members on speech-related topics, including coping strategies for communication problems and techniques for improved communication

  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings for students

  • Consult with teachers, parents, or medical providers as necessary

  • Follow-up

  • Provide referrals when appropriate

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1+ years of work experience in a clinical setting (hospital/skilled nursing facility/school system) as a Speech Language Pathologist

  • Active/Unencumbered State Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) License

  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) - per State/Facility

  • Valid photo ID (driver's license, passport, or State ID)

  • Current TB screen

  • Current BLS Certification

  • Successful completion of a Background Check and Medely's screening process

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