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Speech Pathologists provide diagnostic assessment and management of disorders of communication and swallowing through direct intervention, education, consultancy, advocacy, or a combination of these approaches.


  • administers tests and observes patients to determine nature and extent of disorders
  • plans and conducts programs of remedial exercises to correct disorders such as stuttering and abnormal articulation
  • administers individual and group therapy for rehabilitation of patients with communication problems caused by defective hearing, cerebral palsy, surgery and injury
  • advises on treatment for children with difficulties in learning to speak
  • counsels and guides language-handicapped individuals, their families, teachers and employers.

To become a Speech Pathologist

Skills employers are looking for

  • Pathology

  • Speech Language Pathology

  • Communication Skills

  • Paediatrics

  • Working With Patient And/Or Condition: Dysphagia (Swallowing Problems)

  • Rehabilitation

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