What does a speech pathologist do?
- Treat children and adults with difficulties in speech learning
- Conduct therapy to correct stuttering and abnormal articulation
- Counsel people with language difficulties
- Plan rehabilitation programs for patients
What skills do I need to be a speech pathologist?
- Active listening skills
- Speaking skills
- Complex problem solving skills
- Scientific skills and knowledge
- Perceptiveness and empathy
Speech pathologists can train to gain specialist knowledge in areas that may be related to individual patient needs. These may include specialisations in the treatment of younger patients, oral motor therapy, or experience in areas such as augmentative-alterative communications for those with major difficulties in natural speech.