Some information to consider:
- A communication disorder may impact an individual’s ability to hear, speak or understand.
- It is estimated that 42 million Americans have some form of communication disorder, such as hearing loss, stuttering, and voice, articulation or language disorders.
- Communication disorders can affect anyone, from very young children to the elderly.
- Some people are born with communication disorders while others acquire communication disorders after an accident or disease.
- Speech language pathologists (SLPs), speech language pathology assistants (SLPAs),
and audiologists all help to eliminate or minimize the impact of communication disorders
on the lives of their clients or patients.
If helping individuals gain or regain the ability to communicate sounds like an exciting prospect, a career in speech language pathology may be for you! In addition to a strong desire to help others, the following skills or traits are needed for success in this field:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Genuine desire to work with people
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Strong organizational skills
- Interest in and commitment to continued education, even after completion of a degree