Speech Therapy can be provided by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) or a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant (SLP-Assistant).
- An SLP holds a master's degree in communication disorders and most receive a certificate of clinical competency (CCC) from their governing body, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).
- An SLP must pass a PRAXIS exam to be licensed by the state and credentialed by ASHA.
- An SLP-Assistant holds a bachelor's degree in communication disorder and is licensed by the State of Texas. They practice under the supervision of an SLP.
Speech-Language Pathologists work with a variety of disorders:
- Receptive language delays/disorders
- Expressive language delays/disorders
- Sound Speech disorders
- Stuttering or Fluency disorders
- Voice Disorders
- Dysphagia (Swallowing and feeding difficulties)
- Cognitive disorders
- Apraxia of Speech
Speech-Language Pathologist can work with a variety diagnosis and conditions:
- Cleft Palate
- Down's Syndrome
- Alzheimer's and Dementia
- Cerebral Palsy
- Hearing loss/Cochlear Implants
Speech therapy services typically include:
- an individualized evaluation, that will help establish goals,
- customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to communicate and
- a re-evaluation to ensure that treatment is effective.
If you suspect you or your child would benefit from therapy, please speak to your physician regarding your concerns.