What is a Speech Language Pathologist?

What is a Speech Language Pathologist/Speech Therapist? A Speech Language Pathologist also known as a SLP is a communication expert who works with a range of communication and swallowing problems that affect people of all ages.

What are the Typical Schooling/Certifications/Qualifications? Speech-language pathologists are highly educated and trained clinicians, who hold at a minimum, a master’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). In most states, additional state licensure requirements include completing a supervised postgraduate professional experience and passing a national exam.

Speech Language Pathologists can earn the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Certification requirements are similar to state licensing requirements, so state licensed language-speech pathologists generally qualify for the CCC-SLP designation.

How often do they need to be re-certified? Recertification for Speech-Language Pathologists by ASHA is every three years. Renewal of licensure happens on an annual or biannual basis depending on state regulations.

How does SLPTELE select their therapists? SLPTELE carefully screens every candidate to ensure that they have experience working with a diverse caseload in outpatient clinic-based settings after which they must also pass a clinical interview. All candidates must have a state license in the state where clients are located in addition to their ASHA CCCs.

What languages are available? We have a growing team of multilingual SLPs including therapists who speak English, Spanish, Armenian, Mandarin, Korean, Arabic, Telugu and more.

If you have any additional questions and want to learn how SLPTELE can help you, please use the contact form below or call us at (877) 757-8353