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Title: Speech Pathologist: Responsibilities and Current Trends

Speech Pathologist
  • Responsibilities and Current Trends

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist
  • Current Emerging Trends in Speech Pathology

  • Speech pathologists are highly trained and
    qualified with different qualifications, which
    range from state to state. However, there are
    standard requirements for becoming speech
    pathologists with the following educational
    background and certifications
  • Undergraduate in Communication Sciences and
  • CAA accredited degree in Speech-Language
  • A 36-week Postgraduate fellowship which requires
    a temporary license valid for one year during
  • National exam Praxis 2 Subject Assessment in
    speech-language pathology to earn the state
    license to practice
  • Professional certification for Speech-Language
    Pathology Certificate of Clinical Competence

Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist
  • Consultation
  • When a patient visits a speech pathologist, there
    is a consultation session to identify the root
    cause of speech difficulty. The clinician reviews
    individual backgrounds to ascertain the best
    course of action and the methods which will work
    for each patient.
  • Treatment plans
  • After the consultation, speech pathologists
    develop a suitable treatment plan in light of the
    information they get from the patient. The
    programs are created by performing tests and
    examinations before treatment by evaluating
    speech and hearing, and checking whether there is
    coordination. This, combined with their team's
    professional assessment and recommendations,
    structures a viable treatment plan spread out in
    several sessions to achieve the intended result.

Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist
  • By collaborating with other specialists who focus
    on additional care plans like physical, nursing,
    and occupational therapists, the patient is
    assured of a well-rounded approach in their
    progress. Treatment plans for patients may
    consist of developing and employing diagnostic
    communication strategies and techniques that aid
    the formation of speech and help the patient
    progress past their communication block.
  • Speech pathologists are also responsible for
    creating language and speech programs for
    different clients to follow. This depends
    entirely on the patient's age, level of speech
    damage, and underlying medical problems. The
    clinician often adjusts treatment plans after
    close observation and monitoring to determine the
    best course of treatment for each patient.

Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist
  • Evaluation
  • Through extensive and well-researched treatment
    plans, patients often record significant
    improvement and can communicate after several
    sessions. During this time, the speech
    pathologist will have recorded the patient's
    progress, which will help them establish an
    evaluation report highlighting the progress used
    to determine the period of discharge. Due
    diligence is also done by the pathologist to
    sensitize the patients family on communicating
    and coping with possible speech and language
    barriers if they arise.
  • Product development
  • They also seek to develop speech and language
    programs designed for a broad client base. These
    programs are further manipulated to observe
    different patient types and evaluate the
    susceptibility of success.

Responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist
  • After developing the plan, the pathologists also
    coordinate the various programs by packaging them
    to suit different medical needs and presenting
    them to other administrations.
  • Research and advocacy
  • For successful treatment programs and
    communication strategies, speech pathologists
    must conduct adequate research to identify
    different treatment options for other demographic
    groups. The study is also done to enhance speech
    and language services and identify new innovative
    procedures. By doing so, they advocate for the
    need for communication experts and speech
    therapies as a fundamental need in society.

Current Emerging Trends in Speech Pathology
  • With the recent developments in technology and
    medical advancements, speech pathologists embrace
    emerging trends to keep up with the demanding
    medical field. For instance, online platforms
    offer alternate career paths for speech
    pathologists, slowly changing the narrative,
    which cements speech pathologists in strictly
    medical fields. For example, pathologists can
    look into pediatric areas, school, education,
    adult swallowing techniques, technological
    advancement, and other various fields of
  • Technological advancements have also sought to
    ingrain innovative therapies into treatment
    plans. For instance, web and mobile applications
    to treatment applications have helped individuals
    develop their speech and language without
    necessarily having one-on-one sessions.

Current Emerging Trends in Speech Pathology
  • These applications have sought to solve
    challenges in the speech pathologist field by
    incorporating treatments for training programs
    and advancements in voice therapy, helping
    individuals in need of voice changes by observing
    different frequencies to modulate their voices.
  • There are more insurers covering speech and
    language therapies with an emphasis on preventive
    medicine expected to take center stage in speech
    pathology. Genetic research to aid in brain ad
    tissue transplants will also help prevent
    hereditary and neurological disorders preventing
    many more conditions that may arise as a result.
  • The use of Artificial Intelligence will seek to
    revolutionize this career sector by including
    engineered robotics, electronic data processing,
    and voice and speech recognition to assist
    patients in their treatment plans.

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