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What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

Date: May 15, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0


May is Better Speech and Hearing Month (BSHM).  This is the month where we raise awareness about communication disorders.  I have been distributing pamphlets around the community about the role of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) plays in a child’s life.

Through the years many people have asked me what does a SLP do.  I have been told by some do you just play all day which makes me laugh.  A Speech Language Pathologist  also called an speech therapist or a speech and language therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication and feeding disorders.

pathologistSo what does that mean basically I teach children to use their language so they can verbally communicate their wants and needs with their family.  Its a lot easier then it sounds.  A child needs to feel comfortable with you and has to establish a rapport or they will be reluctant to work with you.  When working with children parents need to also feel comfortable with you because you are working with their children.

I have had families ask me can you pull the words out so he/she can talk.  Unfortunately, has frustrating as it is for a family you cannot force a child to talk.

An SLP provides the tools for a child to speak and helps the family use strategies to motivate the child to communicate.  No matter what age the child is they all follow the speech developmental milestone of sounds-words-sentences-conversational speech even if the child is older then a toddler.

So to answer the question do I play all day I guess I sort of do.  Each play session has a specific goals in mind for each child.  Children at a young age need to think therapy is fun so they will want to continue.  So I do play a lot but imagine playing 10-12 x everyday.  You might get tired. Lol Being an SLP is the most full filling career that I could have chosen.


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