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  • Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related disorders.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Help those who stutter to increase their fluency.
    • Help people who have had strokes or experienced brain trauma to regain lost language and speech.
    • Help children and adolescents who have language disorders to understand and give directions, ask and answer questions, convey ideas, improve the language skills that lead to better academic performance.
    • Help individuals and families to understand and deal with speech and language disorders.

    Places of practice:

    • Schools
    • Hospitals
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Nursing care facilities
    • Government health facilities
    • Research laboratories
    • Private practice

    Educational requirements:

    • A strong liberal arts focus is recommended on the undergraduate level (typically students obtain a degree in communication sciences and disorders)
    • Graduate work is necessary for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification
    • A master's degree is required in most work settings.
    • A PhD is required for some areas of practice.

    Educational programs:

    Licensure requirements:

    Most states, including Rhode Island, require audiologists to be licensed. Requirements vary from state to state. Professional organizations: