What Is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?

Working with the full range of human communication and its disorders, Speech Language Pathologists:

  • Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.

  • Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

In addition, Speech Language Pathologists may:

  • Prepare future professionals in college and universities.

  • Manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices.

  • Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.

  • Supervise and direct public school or clinical programs.

  • Develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems.

  • Establish more effective treatments.

  • Investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.

Speech Language Pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include Teachers, Physicians, Audiologists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Rehabilitation Counselors and others. Corporate Speech Language Pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers and co-workers.

Work Sites

The practice and work of Speech Language Pathologists may take place in various settings:

  • Public and private schools

  • Hospitals

  • Rehabilitation centers

  • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities

  • Community clinics

  • Colleges and Universities

  • Private practice offices

  • State and local health departments

  • State and federal government agencies

  • Home health agencies (home care)

  • Adult day care centers

  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities

  • Research laboratories

(information provided by asha.org)