What is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?
An SLP is also sometimes referred to a speech therapist. He or she is a professional who has been trained to evaluate, diagnose and treat communication disorders in the areas of speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, fluency and swallowing.
Education and Licensure
Speech Language Pathologists are required to have a Master's degree, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC). The state of Ohio also requires a state license.
What is the nature of the work?
- SLP's treat a variety of communication disorders in individuals on all cognitive levels, from birth to the elderly.
- Each treatment plan is individualized based on the client's needs and contain long and short term goals. The goals are usually created utilizing client and caregiver feedback.
- A variety of assessment methods are used to evaluate and diagnose a speech or language disorder. Usually, an SLP will use a combination of interview questions, observation and a standardized assessment to develop a diagnosis. A standardized assessment reports how the client compares to his or her same aged matched peers.
- At the CSU's Speech and Hearing Clinic, therapy is usually provided one-on-one. However, depending on the individual's diagnosis and needs, therapy may be delivered in a group setting. The way in which therapy is delivered also varies depending on the work site.
Where do SLP's work?
What type of clients do SLP's serve?