For several years, the SLP occupation has made lists of top jobs in healthcare and social services. Despite the increased attention, some people are not aware of precisely what speech-language pathologists (also known as speech therapists) do every day and why a job in SLP can be so rewarding.

According to Elizabeth McCrea, the 2014 president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose and treat a variety of speech, sound, language, voice, fluency and swallowing disorders."

How do SLPs help patients?

• Facilitate functional communication skills
• Facilitate safe oral feeding/swallowing
• Educate patient and family on compensatory strategies
and home programs
• Facilitate alternative communication methods

Who Can Benefit From SLP?

The diagnoses that may be seen by speech therapists
include but are not limited to the following:

• Stroke
• Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders
• Anoxia
• Memory loss
• Alzheimer’s disease

Many SLPs also work exclusively with children to focus on enhancing a child’s intentional communications, including the expression of ideas, obtaining desires, sharing information as well as interpersonal interaction.

U.S. News & World Report this year called a career in speech-language pathology a great occupation for the following reasons:

• Diversity of conditions assessed and treated
• Opportunity to work in multiple settings in healthcare
• Patients range from infants to elderly
• Future job prospects
• Good salary

Learn exactly why a career in SLP caught the attention of U.S. News & World Report: 

By Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services