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Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) specialize in treating communication disorders. These disorders can occur due to an injury or health condition, disability, surgery, or developmental disorder. SLPs assess, diagnose, and treat adults and children.
SLPs can work with many types of communication issues such as:
Speech, language, and swallowing disorders
Speech fluency and stuttering disorders
Using communication devices
Written language disorders
Thinking, memory, and learning (cognitive) disorders
SLPs work in many settings, such as:
Early intervention (Head Start and other early childhood development programs)
Schools and colleges
Inpatient and outpatient rehab centers
Home health settings
Most SLPs hold a master's degree from an accredited speech-language pathology program. They also have a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP). This is offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Other clinical specialty certification is also available.
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