If you are looking for a rewarding career where you get to help people and change their lives for the better, then you should think about becoming a speech-language pathologist.
Many kids and adults have certain impairments that affect their abilities to swallow and talk properly. This can have a devastating impact on their lives because it makes it harder for them to communicate with others.
If there is a swallowing disability, the person cannot even eat food adequately, which means their nutrition is also poor.
As a speech-language pathologist, you will work with people suffering from these kinds of conditions. You will teach them how to speak the right sounds and form proper words and sentences.
When swallowing is an issue for a patient, you will assist them in exercising their throat muscles and show them how to swallow food and receive the right kind of nutrition. It is safe to say that their lives will be changed forever.
Meanwhile, you can have the personal satisfaction of being a hero to so many people. Speech therapy can change lives. Everyone you work with will have a better life because of you.
If you’re ready to become a speech-language pathologist, there are specific personal, educational, accreditation and professional requirements that you first must complete.
Certain personality types typically make the best speech-language pathologists. For instance, you need to enjoy talking and interacting with other people.
Speech pathologists are constantly talking and listening to people. Therefore, you must be comfortable around people and have great interpersonal skills. It would also help if you enjoy being around people and helping them overcome obstacles in their lives.
Depending on where you live, you must be able to speak the native language fluently. Not only that, but you must be able to motivate and inspire people.
As you can imagine, there are specific educational requirements that need to be satisfied to pursue a career in speech-language pathology. Australia requires you to complete at least a three-year bachelor’s degree program in hearing a language sciences at an accredited university.
Alternatively, if you possess enough credits in your undergraduate degree program, you can work to obtain a two-year master’s degree speech and language pathology.
When you enrol in a speech pathology degree program at a university, it must be accredited by Speech Pathology Australia, the body that represents all of Australia’s speech pathologists.
The organisation sets the educational and competency standards for the degree programs that are required to become a speech pathologist. When someone successfully completes an accredited degree program, they are eligible to become a member of this association.
Speech Pathology Australia is recognised and approved by Australia’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.
To professionally practice speech pathology in Australia, most recent graduates will be required to hold the title, “Practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia,” or at least be eligible for it.
Eligibility means you have proven yourself to be competent in the English language, especially in a clinical setting. If you are a native English speaker, this should not be a problem. Those of other native tongues will need to prove their proficiency.
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