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What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
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A Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. They are licensed through the Florida Department of Health, who regulates minimum educational and experience requirements, as well as regulates and monitors ongoing continuing education.

Speech-Language Pathologists can work in several settings and can work with a wide range of ages, disorders, and individuals. They can be found in public school settings, assisted living facilities, hospitals, or in many cases, in private practice.


There is no one-size fits all approach for choosing an SLP. Many SLPs may have specific areas of specialty, may only work with a specific age group, or can be a general practitioner. Just like choosing a doctor, you will need to choose an SLP that caters to your specific need.


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