Speech-Language Pathology

Definition

A speech language therapist is a specialist who evaluates and treats patients with speech; language; cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders, in individuals of all ages from; infants to the elderly.

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Career description

A Speech Language Therapist carries out the following tasks:

  • Identifies the speech and communication difficulty or disorder;
  • Assesses the cause and nature of the problem, for example, congenital problems (such as cleft palate) or acquired disorders after a stroke or injury;
  • Devises and delivers a suitable treatment programme, works on a one-to-one basis or in groups, to enable each of his/her clients to improve as much as possible;
  • Reviews and revises the programme as appropriate;
  • Advise carers on implementing a treatment programme and trains other professionals in therapy delivery.

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  • Communicates with patients to evaluate their levels of speech or language difficulty;
  • Determines the extent of communication problems by having a patient complete basic reading and vocalizing tasks or by giving standardized tests;
  • Identifies treatment options;
  • Creates and carry out an individualized treatment plan;
  • Teaches patients how to make sounds and improve their voices;
  • Teaches alternative communication methods, such as sign language, to patients with little or no speech capability. 
  • Jobs directly related to the qualification
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  • Speech Therapist
  • Audiologist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist

Websites

http://www.asha.org/

http://www.saslha.co.za/

 

People/Organisations

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BooksEvaluating & Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems by Barbara Williams Hodson

The Diving bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Bursary Opportunities

Department of Health EC/KZN/LP/WC, Netcare, Department of Correctional Services