Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help
prevent speech, language, and communication disorders.
Speech-language pathologists work with people who cannot make
speech sounds or cannot make them clearly; have speech rhythm and fluency
problems, such as stuttering; have voice quality problems, such as an
inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; have problems understanding and producing
language; have cognitive communication problems, such as attention, memory, and
problem-solving disorders; or have oral motor problems that cause eating and
swallowing difficulties. Speech pathologists work in hospitals, nursing homes,
clinics, rehabilitation facilities, schools, and private practices.
A speech-language pathologist has a master's degree in speech and
language and has completed postgraduate clinical work under the supervision of
a licensed speech-language pathologist.
Speech-language pathologists can
acquire the certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology
(CCC-SLP) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.