Term Speech and Language Pathologists
Code YO-3000.7150-850
Definition Individuals who assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related disorders. They work with people who cannot make speech sounds, or cannot make them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems such as stuttering; people with voice quality problems such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; those with cognitive communication impairments such as attention, memory and problem solving disorders; and those with hearing loss who use hearing aids or cochlear implants to develop auditory skills and improve communication.
Created 5/31/04
Changed 9/23/08
Use References Speech/Language Pathologists
Speech Therapists
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Bibliographic References Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2004-05 Edition, Speech-Language Pathologists , on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos099.htm (visited April 16, 2004).

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