Getting started with Speech Pathology Pathology

  • During high school, you should consider courses in biology, physics, social sciences, English, mathematics, public speaking, language, and psychology.
  • On the undergraduate level, a strong arts and sciences focus is recommended, with course work in linguistics, phonetics, anatomy, psychology, human development, biology, physiology, mathematics, physical science, social/behavioral sciences, and semantics. A program of study in communication sciences and disorders is available at the undergraduate level.

Applicants in speech-language pathology must earn a graduate degree, successfully complete the required clinical experiences, and pass a national examination. In some areas, such as college teaching, research, and private practice, a PhD degree is desirable.


Careers in SLP

SLPs may:

  • prepare future professionals in college and universities
  • manage agencies, clinics, organizations, or private practices
  • engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes
  • supervise and direct public school or clinical programs
  • develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems
  • establish more effective treatments
  • investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders

Practices in SLP:

  • public and private schools
  • hospitals
  • rehabilitation centers
  • short- and long-term nursing care facilities
  • community clinics
  • colleges and universities
  • private practice offices
  • state and local health departments
  • state and federal government agencies
  • home health agencies (home care)
  • adult day care centers
  • centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • research laboratories

SLPs must have:

  • a sincere interest in helping people
  • above‑average intellectual aptitude
  • the sensitivity, personal warmth, and perspective to interact
    with a person who has a communication problem
  • scientific aptitude, patience, emotional stability, tolerance,
    and persistence
  • resourcefulness and imagination
  • a commitment to work cooperatively with others
  • the ability to communicate both orally and in writing

Career Facts about Speech Language Pathologists

Speech Pathologists

Job Description

  • Speech pathologists, officially called speech-language pathologists and sometimes called speech therapists, work with people who have a variety of speech-related disorders. These disorders can include the inability to produce certain sounds, speech rhythm and fluency problems, and voice disorders. They also help people who want to modify accents or who have swallowing difficulties. Speech pathologists’ work involves assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of speech-related disorders.

Employment Facts

  • Speech pathologists held about 119,000 jobs in 2008. Approximately half of these jobs were in schools, including pre-schools and elementary and secondary schools. Other speech pathologists worked in hospitals, offices of other health practitioners, including speech-language pathologists, nursing care facilities, home health care services, individual and family services, outpatient care centers and child day care services. Some speech pathologists were self-employed.

Educational Requirements

  • In most states one must have a master’s degree in speech-language pathology to work as a speech pathologist. Some states will only license speech pathologists who have graduated from a program that is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. Coursework includes anatomy,physiology, the nature of disorders and the principles of acoustics. Graduate students receive supervised clinical training.

Speech Pathologist’s Life

On a typical day a speech pathologist will:

  • use written and oral tests, as well as special instruments, to diagnose the nature and extent of impairment and to record and analyze speech, language, and swallowing irregularities;
  • develop an individualized plan of care tailored to each patient’s needs;
  • select augmentative or alternative communication methods, including automated devices and sign language, and teach their use to individuals with little or no speech capability;
  • teach those with little or no speech capability how to make sounds, improve their voices, or increase their language skills to communicate more effectively;
  • help patients who have suffered loss of speech develop, or recover, reliable communication skills so patients can fulfill their educational, vocational, and social roles

Our Personal Tour of Furnace Town Museum

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My NPO group and I were given the opportunity to walk the beautiful grounds of the Furnace Town Museum. We took this opportunity to take a lot of great photos of the beautiful and historic grounds on the Furnace Town property. We learned a lot about all they have to offer and we are excited to show you some of the images from our day!



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Come Spend Your SATURDAY at the Furnace Town Museum!

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Are you looking for a scary fun Saturday night?!

Come on out for a howling good time at the Furnace Town Learning History Museum!

Ghost hunts, ghost stories by the bonfire, palm readings, DJ with all your favorite Halloween Tunes, & of course there is a TWIST!

You never know what you may find out in the Pocomoke Forest right?!

 Hot Dogs, Sodas, Beer, & Wine will be available for purchase.

Cost is 30.00 in advance through Friday, October 25th and 35.00 at the door.

Event will begin at 7:00pm. For more information or to guarantee your spot call 410-632-2032!

Come hang out with everyone THIS SATURDAY!

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