What is an SLP?

SLP is an acronym for Speech-Language Pathologist, also known as a Speech Therapist. The two terms are interchangeable.

What does an SLP do?

SLPs are the professionals responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating communication disorders in children and adults.

Where does an SLP work?

You can find SLPs working in all sorts of locations. Most work in the public school systems. Others carry out their responsibilities in the medical field usually in hospitals, ENT clinics, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) or even in private practice. There are some SLPs who specialize to work with one specific disorder or communication need, like those who become Auditory Verbal Therapists and work with the Deaf/Hard of Hearing population.

How does one become an SLP?

There are a few steps to becoming a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. First you have to complete an undergraduate degree. Many people seek a university that has a Communication Sciences program. Others come to the program with varying Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees. After undergraduate graduation, you’ll need to take the GRE or the Graduate Record Examination and apply for acceptance to a Masters level program. Once accepted, you’ll complete your coursework, clinical practical hours, and sit for the Praxis exam. Finally, you’ll apply to the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) for your Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) and begin working under a supervisor. After that year, you’ll submit your application for your Certificate of Clinical Competency or your “CCC.”
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