About Speech-Language Pathologists

Find out more about Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech Language Pathologists work in a variety of settings:

Early Intervention Agencies
Public and Private Schools
Private Practices
Higher Education Programs
Hospitals
Rehabilitation Facilities
Home Health Agencies

SLPs work with all age groups:

Early Intervention: Birth – 3 years old
Preschool: 3 – 4 years old
School-Aged: 5 – 18 years old (up 21 years old in some cases)
Adult: 18+

SLPs can specialize in a variety of areas:

SIG 1, Language Learning and Education
SIG 2, Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders
SIG 3, Voice and Voice Disorders
SIG 4, Fluency and Fluency Disorders
SIG 5, Speech Science and Orofacial Disorders
SIG 6, Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics
SIG 7, Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation
SIG 8, Public Health Issues Related to Hearing and Balance
SIG 9, Hearing and Hearing Disorders in Childhood
SIG 10, Issues in Higher Education
SIG 11, Administration and Supervision
SIG 12, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
SIG 13, Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)
SIG 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations
SIG 15, Gerontology
SIG 16, School-Based Issues
SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders
SIG 18, Telepractice

For more details about Special Interest Groups (SIGs), visit ASHA .

Responsibilities of School-based SLPs:

Speech language pathologists (SLPs) work as part of a team that determines the need for evaluation and special education for students. When a teacher submits a referral for special education or a parent comes to the school asking for an evaluation, the special education team will review the information provided to decide whether an evaluation is necessary.
When the need for evaluation has been determined, the SLP will evaluate the student using a test selected based on the concerns of the team.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document created by team members to support the specific needs of the student that were identified during testing. An IEP not only describes how the student is functioning in the classroom, but also details the goals that the student will target during therapy.

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