Roles And Responsibilities Of A Speech Pathologist

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Popularly known as the speech pathologists, these professionals are also known as the speech therapists who prove as the ideal solution for the people with some speech disorders. These are highly skilled and trained people who know all ways of providing the best treatment to their patients. People who approach these professionals complain of some common issues like stammering, lisp, stuttering, weak language skills and improper articulation of the alphabets as well as words. The best thing about these speech therapists is that they also know how to treat the patients who suffer from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, learning disabilities and swallowing issues. I have even seen people who lost their verbal communication due to some stroke or paralysis getting treated by these professionals. So, in the sum we can say that these therapists help people a lot more than you might have heard or thought about. 

Qualification of a speech therapist:

These professionals are highly qualified persons who have at least a master’s degree in the relevant field with some other certification courses that help them with better diagnosis and a perfect treatment plan that guarantee high success rates. A person who wants to become a doctor needs to study medicine only but when you talk about such specialists, there is a huge list:

Human Anatomy

Neuroanatomy

Physiology

Genetics

Psychology

Linguistics

Human & Language Development

So, anyone who gives a best shot at all these subjects can easily get speech pathology jobs in Los Angeles.

How a Speech Pathologist Can Help:

A perfect therapist will help the people who have speech disorder as well as delay. This section includes the phonology, articulation and delayed motor skills.

These professionals are expert at treating fluency disorders like people who stammer while speaking and even those who miss the words in a sentence as don’t deliver a proper statement.

There are some cases where people face feeding and swallowing disorders. In such case, a speech pathologist is the perfect solution as its his responsibility to check the issue and treat it properly.

Some people lack in their communication skills, problem solving abilities and reasoning skills. Again, these people can consult some of the best speech therapist who able to check all these cognitive communication disorders in his patients. 

When you have problems with your language comprehension and find it difficult to have a good verbal connect with others, you can choose these professionals to make things easy for you.

Whom to Connect with – Public or Private Pathologist?

These professionals have both public as well as a private background like some people work for the government authorities as well others work on private setting.

The main difference between these two is that the government therapist is a public servant and you usually don’t have to pay them or may be there is a very little amount assigned to their services, but you need to wait for clearance of a very long waiting list. On the other hand, if you choose the private ones, then you don’t have to wait for your turn as these are easily available and all you need to do is to find the best one, pay him his fees and get a consultation whenever you wish to. 

So, its all your choice to act smart and choose the ones that can help you get the best treatment as soon as possible. You can even check some online services that provide such benefits to their clients at amazing prices. 

Duties of these Professionals: 

The main duty of these therapists is to make an accurate diagnosis for the patient and note down the best treatment plan. The next step comes with its implementation and checking progress status.

They must document their program with evaluation, treatment plan, progress report and discharge. It will improve their experience and make them adjust their treatment plan in disciplinary mode. 

Apart from this, they have to manage the speech tests as well as examinations that clears all their doubts and make them note down the accurate diagnostics in each case.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on the Guardian's Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@thehearus.com