How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

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Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)

I know the job of a speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) is hard!  That’s why I’ve created a resource just for you.  Check out my list of information and materials for SLPAs:

Resources for SLPAs

How to Become a Speech-Language Pathologist

Have you ever wondered how to become a speech-language pathologist?  If so, here are some great resources for you on exactly how to do that.

To become a trained speech-language pathologist in the United States, you must first get a Master’s degree in communication disorders (some programs have slightly different names for the program) at an accredited university or higher learning institution.  Part of this program will include two 8-week internships, one in a hospital/clinic setting and one in a school setting.

Click Here to Learn how to Succeed in Your Speech-Pathology Program

You must also pass a test that is the Praxis for Speech-Language Pathology.

Click Here to Learn More about the Speech-Language Pathology Praxis

Then, you must complete a 1-year (approximately) fellowship under a licensed speech-language pathologist.  This is usually just the first year of your official paid job.  It is not just another internship.

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After you complete your clinical fellowship year (CFY), then you will be able to get your full licenses.  You will need a license by your state’s board of healing arts and you can also get an additional certification through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  This certification is called your Certificate of Clinical Competency in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) and is not required to practice but most employers (and clients) prefer you have one.

Click Here to Learn How to Apply for Certification

Once you are a licensed speech-language pathologist, you must stay up to date with current research and best practices by engaging in continuing education units (CEUs).  These are like additional classes that you can participate in to learn the most recent information about a topic.  ASHA requires 30 CEUs every 3 years though your state licensing board may require more.

Click Here to Learn about the Requirements for Maintenance

How Can I Find Out if My Speech-Language Pathologist is Certified?

Click here to visit the certification verification page.  You can look up Carrie Clark in Missouri and see that I am current!

Getting Started With Therapy:

If you’re a student or a new speech therapist, knowing where to start in therapy can be very overwhelming.  Here are some resources that will help get you started and boost your confidence:

Carrie’s Top Resources for Speech Therapy

How to Teach a Child Any New Skill By Fading Supports

How to Make Speech Therapy More Fun

How to Write IEP Goals (and non-IEP goals) that Will Impress Your Professors and Prepare You for Life on the Outside

Pre-Made Lesson Plans for 39 Different Speech and Language Skills: Take the guess work out of it, these guides will show you exactly what to do.

All-in-one artic website

All-In-One Articulation Program and Materials Kit

I have combined all of my best resources on teaching speech sounds into this one product!  This product will save you time and money because it contains everything that you need to do articulation therapy.  It will take you step-by-step through the process and show you exactly what you need to do to teach a child a new sound.  Plus, it contains all of the visual aids, artic cards, and therapy materials that you will need.  This product will take you from screening a child all the way through promoting carry-over in conversational speech.  It is hands down the best product I have for teaching speech sounds.

Click Here to See the Articulation Program for SLPs

Click Here to See the Articulation Program for Parents

Where Can I Learn More?

If you are interested in learning more about the field of speech-language pathology, I encourage you to join my mailing list.  You will receive valuable information about the field as well as practical activities and resources that you can use in your future practice.

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