Speech and language specialists treat people of all ages with many types of speech, language and communication problems. They first assess the problem through tests, observations, and one-on-one talks with individual patients. They then prescribe an appropriate treatment plan depending on the needs of the patient. This may involve activities like exercising.
Communication skills are essential in this role. A speech and language specialist needs to communicate well to evaluate patients' speech level, language skills, and swallowing difficulties. They must have compassion in order to teach patients how to improve their conditions. They also perform counselling to their families to help cope with communication and swallowing disorders.
Most speech and language specialists work full time 40 hours a week, but some work part time. Speech and language specialists work in the education and healthcare sectors and private practice.