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What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Hi everyone!  I apologize for posting this topic so late.  I have been really busy with work, this week, and wasn’t able to post at the beginning of the week to kick off the celebration of “Better Hearing and Speech Month” (for the month of “May”).  But, I guess it’s better late than never…:)

For week one, I would like to give a brief explanation of “What is a Speech-language pathologist?”  Often times, many people have heard of a “Speech-Language Pathologist,” but don’t have a general understanding of what our work entails…The information presented below will assist in developing a better understanding of “What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?”


The need for a professional to deal with disorders of speech was identified in the 1920s; however. “speech correctionists” were not introduced to the schools until the 1950s.  IN the beginning, speech correctionists dealt with articulation, but over the years, the field has grown to include voice, fluency, language, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), accent reduction, acquistion and oral-motor evaluations and therapies.  SLPs deal with people of all ages in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and private practice.

Education and Certification:

There are four professional terms associated with speech therapy:

  1.  “Speech Correctionists”
  2.   “Speech Therapists”
  3.   “Speech-Language Pathologist” or “Speech Pathologist”
  4.   “Speech-Language Specialist”

These four terms are often used interchangeably, but can mean different things.  In the 1950s, a person would receive a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Correction.  This certificate was given until the mid-eighties when the requirements for the teaching certificate changed.

Today, in order to work in most schools, an SLP must obtain “Speech-Language Specialist” or “Speech-Language Pathologist” certificate which requires a master’s degree and approximately 300 clinical hours in diagnostics and interventions.

The master’s program for Speech-Language Pathology is unique in that it combines science, education, medicine and psychology.  Most graduate program 40-60 graduate credits, in addition to several clinical internships.

SLPs may also be registered to obtain two additional certificates:  The Certificate of Clinical Competence and a state license (CCC).  The CCCs are issued when the SLP completes a master’s degree, 375 hours of supervised clinical hours in communication disorders and therapy, a passing score on the ASHA exam and completion of a Clinical Fellowship Year.  State license requirements vary.  SLPs are usually praxis referred to as “Speech-Language Pathologists” or “Speech Therapists.”

Job Duties:

School-Based Program:  Articulation therapy, Voice therapy, Stuttering therapy, Language therapy, Child Study Team Member, Group language lessons, Sign language programs, Speech reading programs, Speech/language evaluations and Hearing screenings

Rehabilitative Program:  Dysphagia therapy, Videofloroscopy studies, Laryngectomy patients, Closed head injury, Stroke and trauma, Alzheimer’s patients, Cleft palate, Speech/language testing and Hearing screenings

Note:  The information presented above was derived from the “Super Duper Handy Handouts” called “What’s News in Speech!”  The author is Robyn Merkel-Piccini, M.A., CCC-SLP.

Thank you for taking the time to read the information presented above.  The next topic, for week two, will address Articulation/Phonology Disorder(s).


Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Uncategorized


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BACH Roll ‘N Stroll & Carnival

Greetings everyone!  I would like to pass along some information to those of you in the Houston, TX area regarding “BACH Roll ‘N Stroll & Carnival!”  Mark your calendars and plan to join BACH on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the MacLean Park Pavilion in Lake Jackson, TX from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In an effort to continue providing valuable services to children birth to twelve years of age with disabilities and/or developmental delays, BACH needs your help!  The BACH Roll ‘N Stroll is one of three annual fundraisers to raise needed funds to support BACH and its programs.  All funds raised stay in Brazoria County.

There are many ways you can help including:  being an event sponsor, forming a team raising funds to win incremental prizes and compete for top fundraising individual or team, setting up a booth at the event showcasing your team or business providing a carnival style game for the children, and/or volunteering your time and talents.

As an event sponsor, your name will be displayed on a donor board at the event, on the back of event t-shirts, on BACH’s website and Facebook page, and you will have the opportunity to take a picture and present a first place medal to the children after they finish their races.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly Guidry, by email, at or at (979) 849-2447.


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Posted by on February 9, 2016 in Uncategorized


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Ipads 4 Autism

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you information that came into my viewing regarding “Ipads 4 Autism.”  This organization is affiliated with the Easter Seals in Houston, TX and provides Ipads for children with autism who may not otherwise be able to afford them.  It also accepts donations of new or used (they refurbish if needed) Ipads or similar devices.  The website is and the contact person is Chris Benson at

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Some of the many great pediatric therapy sites!

Greetings everyone!  I attended a meeting on last week and received some very good information regarding pediatric therapy sites that I would like to share with you.  The sites are listed below:

*Talk It Up Therapy: (Authored by a Speech-language pathologist, Talk It Up offers practical suggestions for increasing language development, focusing on 1-8 grades).

*MamaOT: (offers kid-oriented ideas for sensory play, motor skills, toy recommendations and more.  There is also a Pinterest site)!

*Therapy Fun Zone:

*The Motor Story:


*Dino PT blog: (Here you will find creative gross motor treatment ideas, which was written by a PT).

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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you a short article entitled, “Web Tool Aims to Help Parents Identify Signs of Autism.”  The article stated the following:

“A new free resource aims to help families and professionals identify the early signs of autism spectrum disorder in very young children.  “About Autism in Toddlers” (, a Web-based tool, features videos on core features of autism, challenges to early identification, how to recognize unusual behaviors and other information.
The tool, part of Autism Navigator, includes side-by-side video comparisons of two similar-age toddlers-one diagnosed with autism, one typically developing-to illustrate how they behave differently in the same play situation.
Autism Navigator is a collection of tools and courses that integrate current research into an interactive Web platform with extensive video footage to illustrate effective evidence-based practice.  Created by faculty and staff in the Autism Institute at the Florida State University College of Medicine, it also offers professional development courses for early intervention providers and primary care providers.”

*Information was derived from a short article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Microsoft to Recruit Employees with Autism

Greetings everyone!  I want to share with you an interesting article I read entitled, “Microsoft to Recruit Employees With Autism.”

“Microsoft is planning a pilot program to actively hire people with autism spectrum disorder, the second techology company to launch a recruitment effort that specifically targets this population.
The company says plans are underway to hire people with autism for full-time positions at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters.
Microsoft said it will work with Specialisterne, a nonprofit that focuses on helping people with the developmental disorder apply their talents to work in the technology field, to facilitate the hiring effort.  The same company worked with SAP, a Germany-based software giant, to hire people on the spectrum in the United States and abroad.
Microsoft expects its program to include about 10 people with autism.  “Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” wrote Mary Ellen Smith, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of worldwide operations, in a blog post.  “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,” she writes.  “Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”
Smith, who has a 19-year-old son with autism, said that though a new pilot program is focused on autism, Microsoft is “passionate about hiring individuals of all disabilities.”

*Information was derived from an article posted in THE ASHA LEADER*

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Posted by on June 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


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PresenceLearning (Online Therapy)

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you a website called PresenceLearning, which provides online speech therapy to school-aged children.  PresenceLearning, also, provides free webinars, on various topics, as well as provides free professional development hours to professionals.  For additional information, please go to  Also, PresenceLearning has several YouTube videos showing how online therapy is accomplished.  Thank you for reading!  I look forward to our many discussions and sharing of ideas!

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Hamaguchi Apps Used to Develop Communication Skills

Greetings everyone!  I would like to share with you more fun and engaging apps for children.  The Hamaguchi Apps were designed and created by Patti Hamaguchi, a Speech-language pathologist.  The Hamaguchi Apps use cutting edge technology to motivate and inspire children to develop their communication skills by playing games that focus on speech, language and auditory development.  They are designed to be used either by a professional as part of a therapy program or at home, on the road or anywhere your child wants to play!  You can find additional information at  Also, you can download games on the App Store and watch clippings on YouTube.  Thank you for reading!  I look forward to our many discussions and sharing of ideas!

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Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


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