Use this Speech Pathologist job description to advertise your vacancies and find qualified candidates. Feel free to modify responsibilities and requirements based on your needs.
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
We are looking for a Speech Pathologist to join our team and provide quality care for our patients.
Speech Pathologist responsibilities include performing screenings, assessing patient conditions and designing a treatment plan to help patients develop necessary speech skills.
Ultimately, you will work directly with patients to understand their needs and help develop treatment plans to provide excellent patient care.
- 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
Frequently asked questions
What does a Speech Pathologist do?
Speech Pathologists are healthcare providers who assess, diagnose and treat people for communication disorders in hospitals and schools.
What are the duties and responsibilities of a Speech Pathologist?
A Speech Pathologist works directly with patients to determine a diagnosis and provide treatment plans to aid communication disabilities and prevent swallowing disorders in children and adults.
What makes a good Speech Pathologist?
A good Speech Pathologist must have excellent people skills since they work with a variety of patients throughout the day. They must also have good listening skills so they can understand the needs of their patients and help them build a treatment plan based on their goals.
Who does a Speech Pathologist work with?
A Speech Pathologist will typically work alone, but they will work with the primary Physician of their patient when needed to ensure the patient receives proper medical attention.