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Speech-Language Pathologists

Assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
    • Develop or implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.
    • Write reports and maintain proper documentation of information, such as client Medicaid or billing records or caseload activities, including the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of clients.
    • Evaluate hearing or speech and language test results, barium swallow results, or medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, or swallowing disorders.
    • Participate in and write reports for meetings regarding patients' progress, such as individualized educational planning (IEP) meetings, in-service meetings, or intervention assistance team meetings.
    • Complete administrative responsibilities, such as coordinating paperwork, scheduling case management activities, or writing lesson plans.
    • Develop individual or group activities or programs in schools to deal with behavior, speech, language, or swallowing problems.
    • Instruct clients in techniques for more effective communication, such as sign language, lip reading, or voice improvement.
    • Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written or oral tests or special instruments.
    • Educate patients and family members about various topics, such as communication techniques or strategies to cope with or to avoid personal misunderstandings.
    • Supervise or collaborate with therapy team.
    • Teach clients to control or strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles, or breathing mechanisms.
    • Participate in conferences, training, continuing education courses, or publish research results to share knowledge of new hearing or speech disorder treatment methods or technologies.
    • Consult with and refer clients to additional medical or educational services.
    • Consult with and advise educators or medical staff on speech or hearing topics, such as communication strategies or speech and language stimulation.
    • Design, develop, or employ alternative diagnostic or communication devices or strategies.
    • Develop speech exercise programs to reduce disabilities.
    • Conduct lessons or direct educational or therapeutic games to assist teachers dealing with speech problems.
    • Conduct or direct research on speech or hearing topics and report findings for use in developing procedures, technologies, or treatments.

    Skills

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Learning Strategies

      Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Speech Recognition

      The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 76210/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 36.64/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 5,550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 460

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged
    • Tablet computers
    • Stroboscopes
    • Sound measuring apparatus or decibel meter
    • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged

    Technology

    • Music or sound editing software
    • Medical software
    • Desktop communications software
    • Computer based training software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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