A study identified, “the clinical placement and guiding models used within 45 speech-language pathology professional preparation programs in the nation and the drive influencing the adoption of these models.” (Sheepway; Lincoln; Together 2011).
To begin the study, it was necessary to get background information on speech language pathologists and their patients in a variety of settings.
Through my successful research methods, I discovered many results that answer the question of what the job of a speech and language therapist consists of and determine the impact speech pathologists have on their diverse students and patients.
The data that I collected shows that students typically enjoy being apart of a group therapy session and benefit form the help of a speech language pathologist.
We found that about 90% of the students enjoyed group sessions with a speech language pathologists and interacting with others that had similar disabilities.
The national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 182,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders.
Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the United States will need “about 141, 400 speech-language pathologists through the year 2018 to meet the increasing need in the profession and to replace retiring speech-language pathologists” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).
Also, I conducted a survey for students that meet with a speech language pathologist to get their opinion of speech language pathologists and how they fit into their lives.
From this study of professional speech language pathologists and their patients and/or students, I have gained awareness to these two discourse communities through many different perspectives. There is a diverse background of patients that meet with a speech language pathologist on a daily basis in this community.
We have requested a swift completion of the regulatory review process so that Pennsylvania's new speech language pathologist graduates can obtain a provisional license and obtain jobs in PA, in addition to all of the other benefits of our new law.
In the conclusion of this research process, I should be able to define the job of a speech language therapist and determine the impact speech pathologists have on their diverse students and patients in an educational setting.
Literacy and discourse are used to recognize this speech pathology profession and make it different from other professions in its own unique way.
Speech pathologists work with people of all ages, including children, who have communication or swallowing difficulties ("Speech Pathologists" 2010).
Regardless of where in the United States you want to work, it is likely you will need to earn a master's degree in speech-language pathology. In addition to coursework in anatomy, physiology, the nature of disorders, and the principles of acoustics, you will also receive supervised clinical training. Your undergraduate degree does not have to be in speech pathology, but you will have to complete prerequisites before you begin your graduate education.
All speech language pathologists collaborate with other professionals such as physical and occupational therapists and parents to facilitate student’s academic and social skills in an educational environment ("Employment Settings" 1997; "Fact Sheet for Speech-Language Pathology" 2010; "Summary” 2012).
They can administer and translate screening, assessment, and diagnostic procedures, such as air conduction, bone conduction and speech eudiometry ("Employment Settings" 1997; "Fact Sheet for Speech-Language Pathology” 2010; "Summary” 2012).