Speech Therapist

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP), also known as Speech-Language Therapists or Speech-Language Clinicians are highly skilled professionals who are specialized in the ability to optimize an individual’s ability to communicate as well as to eat and swallow effectively. A wide range of individuals benefit from the provision of services from an SLP, including but not limited to those who possess developmental feeding, swallowing, language or articulation issues, school-aged children with a language disorder, adults who have suffered a stroke or have been in an accident as well as a member of the corporate community who is prepared to improve his/her communication skills.

DUTIES

  • Assess adults and children with communication disorders, differences or swallowing difficulties.
  • Prepare a written and detailed report confirming a diagnosis of a communication or swallowing disorder as well as goals of treatment
  • Prepare and plan details of treatment.
  • Provide treatment to a diverse group of adults and children with a range of diagnoses in either individual or group sessions
  • Take data on progression or regression identified.
  • Provide counseling to individuals who require therapy as well as their families.
  • Consult with members of an educational and/or medical team, as well as other therapists.
  • Attend and/or conduct team meetings with an educational and/or medical team.
  • Promote public awareness of the professions and the body of work that SLPs are specialized in.
  • Promote communication wellness programs in private family homes, schools, hospitals as well as corporations and places of employment.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Useful CXC CSEC courses are English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and other Sciences.
  • CXC CAPE passes in sciences as well as Psychology, Linguistics or Sociology will be an asset
  • To become a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist in Trinidad and Tobago, one must possess:
    • From the UK, a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.
    • From the USA and Canada, a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology; the Bachelor’s degree is gained first.
  • Proof of at least 350 clinical hours in the field under a registered therapist.
  • Review of academic coursework, clinical hours and experience by the Board responsible for certifying Speech-Language Pathologists in Trinidad and Tobago.

PROFILE

The ideal speech-language pathologist will possess:

  • Great communication skills, especially with a linguistically, culturally and economically diverse population
  • Training in counseling of parents, clients and children
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Ability to respect other professionals within the speech-language pathology field and related fields
  • Good time management and planning skills
  • Ability to make quick clinical judgments and plans
  • Empathy for colleagues as well as clients
  • Well-rounded nature, with interest in extra-curricular activities

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