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Speech Pathologist job description

A Speech Pathologist is a healthcare professional specializing in diagnosing, treating, and preventing speech, language, and swallowing disorders. They create individualized treatment plans, provide therapy, and educate patients and their families about speech disorders and their causes.

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June 13, 2023

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Eftychia Karavelaki

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What is a Speech Pathologist?

A Speech Pathologist is a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

What does a Speech Pathologist do?

A Speech Pathologist assesses patients’ conditions, develops individualized treatment plans, and provides therapy to address speech disorders. They educate patients and their families, keep records, and collaborate with other professionals to improve communication abilities.

Speech Pathologist responsibilities include:

  • Diagnosing, treating and preventing speech, language and swallowing disorders
  • Creating treatment and therapy plans to suit the individualized needs of patients
  • Performing screenings to detect voice or speech disorders

Job brief

We are seeking a dedicated Speech Pathologist to join our team and deliver exceptional care to our patients. As a Speech Pathologist, you will be responsible for conducting screenings, evaluating patient conditions, and creating customized treatment plans to enhance speech skills. Your primary focus will be working directly with patients, understanding their unique needs, and devising comprehensive treatment strategies to ensure outstanding patient care.

Your role will involve administering assessments, implementing therapeutic interventions, monitoring progress, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams. With your expertise, you will contribute to the improvement of communication abilities and overall quality of life for our patients.

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals with speech challenges and are dedicated to providing high-quality care, we invite you to join our team. Together, we can help patients achieve their communication goals and thrive in their daily lives.


  • Educate patients and family members about speech disorders and causes, including disabilities and traumatic events
  • Keep detailed records relating to patient conditions, care plans, therapies and progress
  • Report progress and current status to appropriate parties, which may include family members, teachers or medical professionals
  • Attend individualized education program (IEP) meetings for students
  • Consult with teachers, parents or medical providers as necessary
  • Provide rehab assistance to help patients meet their goals

Requirements and skills

  • Proven work experience as a Speech Pathologist or similar role
  • Experience with certain conditions or working with specific age groups may be preferred
  • Strong understanding of speech-related conditions, causes and treatments
  • Excellent coaching, verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with computers, especially patient and healthcare databases
  • Attentive and caring with the ability to develop individualized education plans (IEPs)
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Speech Pathologist

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