Profession speech therapist

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    Speech therapist

Speech therapists assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Investigative
  • Investigative / Social

Tasks speech therapist

  • Analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing impairments, by evaluating test results and medical or background information.
  • Develop a plan of care for the client.
  • Teach clients how to communicate, e.g. by teaching them how to make sounds, improve their voices, or increase their oral or written language skills.
  • Teach clients how to strengthen tongue, jaw, face muscles and breathing mechanisms or how to use compensatory strategies.
  • Counsel clients' family members on how to deal with communication disorders (e.g., communication-enhancing techniques, how to recognise and change behavior, etc.).
  • Monitor clients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.
  • Keep records on the initial evaluation, progress and discharge of clients.
  • Confer with other professionals, e.g. education, medical, dental and other health professionals.
  • Conduct research related to speech and language problems.
  • Design and develop techniques or equipment for diagnosing and treating speech problems.

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