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  • 12 Things It Takes to Be A Speech-Language Pathologist

    May 30, 2014
    By Margaret Schmidt

    What is required to be a great speech therapist? Above-average intelligence, kindness and a team spirit – to name a few. As we honor speech-language pathologists in May for Better Hearing and Speech Month, we reflect on 12 qualities SLPs possess and use in their delivery of care:

    SLP Month

    1. Compassion: Speech-language pathologists practice patience and empathy with their patients every day. A career in speech-language pathology indicates a strong desire to help people and serve the community.
    2. Creativity: Speech-language pathologists use creative and innovative exercises to treat the individual needs of a patient.
    3. Enthusiasm: Speech-language pathologists motivate patients during challenging treatments and recovery periods. SLPs identify what wills a patient to improve and incorporate that inspiration into treatment.
    4. Intelligence: Speech-language pathologists possess a wide range of knowledge in communications, neuroscience and other disciplines such as linguistics.
    5. Persistence: Speech-language pathologists work persistently to treat, rehabilitate, and improve the patient’s overall quality of life. SLPs who work with medically complex patients persevere when other clinicians may cast doubt on a patient’s abilities.
    6. Adaptability: Speech-language pathologists are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat various communication disorders for both adults and children.
    7. Resourcefulness: Speech-language pathologists keep their knowledge and skills current with the most up to date resources, such as the Directory of Speech-Language Pathology Assessment Instruments. They continue their education and attend conferences with others in the profession.
    8. Versatility: Speech-language pathologists are trained to provide services in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, the home setting, research laboratories and other facilities.
    9. Proactive approach: Speech-language pathologists find the best courses of treatment by proactively determining the nature and severity of the problem.
    10. Team spirit: Speech-language pathologists consult with teachers, parents, and family members to understand the patient’s circumstances and later explain a patient’s progress.
    11. Innovativeness: Speech-language pathologists continue to develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems and establish more effective treatments. They utilize technology such as mobile applications when helpful.
    12. Stellar interpersonal skills: Speech-language pathologists possess good communication skills and are pleasant and amiable with patients and other healthcare professionals.


    To learn more about what it takes to succeed as a speech-language pathologist, visit the careers page from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). To learn about career opportunities with RehabCare, head to Happy SLP Month to all of our hard-working clinicians!


    Nash Rich Permalink
    April 06, 2016 3:07 PM

    I think for any kind of teacher, it helps to be creative. I think we learn better when something is interesting to us. I also know that everyone learns differently so changing things up can help you find how some of your patients learn.

    Nathan Johnson Permalink
    April 11, 2016 10:29 AM

    I have a cousin who is a SLP and she really likes it a lot. I just graduated from college and am looking into different career paths. I can see why it is a great combo to have physicians and speech pathologists working together because they can help put together the best treatment plan for each patient. This gives me some more to look into. Thanks for the info!

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