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Speech-Language Pathologist
Speech-language pathologists, sometimes referred to as speech clinicians or speech therapists, diagnose, evaluate, and provide treatments for persons who have speech, voice, language as well as eating and swallowing problems.

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Work Activities/Environment
Speech pathologists work in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, physiciansí offices, speech language and hearing centers, home health care agencies, schools, colleges, and universities. A few work in private practice or contract out their services. They treat patients who experience speech and language problems as a result of hearing loss, stroke, brain injury or other debilitating conditions. Speech pathologists work with individuals who may suffer from eating and swallowing problems and/or speech and language difficulties. They are trained to evaluate and test a patientís skill level in speech and language, to create and implement proper treatment programs, to operate audio-visual equipment for patient treatment, and monitor each patientís progress. Speech pathologists may work part-time or full-time, although most work 40 hours a week.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study the sciences, health and related courses. A masterís degree in speech-language pathology is required. Course work includes study in speech, language, hearing, and communicative disorders as well as clinical training in the treatment of these disorders. Graduates with a masterís degree in the field must then complete a required number of hours in supervised clinical work, pass a written exam and finish a postgraduate internship to earn a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Educational Institutions
Marquette University
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin - River Falls
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Salary
Average $51,520

Professional Organizations
Academy of Doctors of Audiology
3493 Lansdowne Dr., Suite 2
Lexington, KY, 40517
866/493-5544
www.audiologist.org

American Academy of Audiology
11480 Commerce Park Drive, Suite 220
Reston, VA, 20191
800/222-2336 or 703/790-8466
www.audiology.org/

American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
1650 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA, 22314-2857
703/836-4444
www.entnet.org/

American Academy of Private Practice in Speech Pathology
www.aappspa.org/

American Association of Sleep Technologists
2510 North Frontage Rd.
Darien, IL, 60561
630/737-9704
www.aastweb.org/

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD, 20850-3289
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700
www.asha.org

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD, 20850
301/296-8703
www.ashfoundation.org/default.htm

Corporate Speech Pathology Network
www.corspan.org/index.php

Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders
3000 South Jamaica Court, Suite 390
Aurora, CO, 80014
303/835-9089
www.capcsd.org/

Council on Academic Accrediation Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
2200 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD, 20850-3289
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700
www.asha.org/academic/accreditation/

National Center for Voice and Speech
136 South Main Street, Suite 320
Salt Lake City, UT, 84101-1623
801/596.2012
www.ncvs.org/

National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard #322
Rockville, MD, 20850
800/638-8255 or 800/498-2071 or 301/296-5700
www.nsslha.org/students/

Speech-Language Pathologist Organization
P.O. Box 880053
Boca Raton, FL, 33488-0053
888/820-8073 or 561/998-9501
www.speechtherapist.net/

Wisconsin Speech-Language-Pathology and Audiology Association
563 Carter Court, Suite B
Kimberly, WI, 54136
920/560-5642 or 800/545-0640
www.wisha.org


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