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Speech-Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists are commonly known for helping people who struggle with stuttering, lisps, and fluency. However, this is only one part of what they do. The scope of a speech-language pathologist’s practice is broad, which makes them an invaluable part of New Brunswick’s healthcare system. They work with patients of all ages to prevent, diagnose, and provide treatment for speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders – helping restore or improve a patient’s ability to communicate and/or swallow properly. Opportunities for speech-language pathologists are growing in New Brunswick, where everyone deserves to have a voice.

Speech-language pathologists work closely with their patients and spend a lot of time together, from evaluation to treatment, so good communication skills and compassion are a must. Problem solvers, hard-workers, and people with a keen eye for detail thrive in this career. A day in the life of a speech-language pathologist is never the same as the last, so professionals must always stay on their toes – but it keeps the job exciting.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Sensitivity to client needs
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to set priorities and deal with multiple demands
  • Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to details
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Speech-language pathologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Using a variety of specialized tests and procedures to identify language, speech, voice, resonance, fluency, and swallowing disorders
  • Counselling clients and families regarding these disorders
  • Developing and implementing treatment plans
  • Providing consultative and intervention services
  • Designing and using alternative communication strategies and devices
  • Consulting with professionals regarding speech and language stimulation
  • Teaching strategies for managing communication disorders
  • Educating and supervising students, professionals, and support personnel
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams to assess and treat clients
  • Participating in research and public education activities

Generally, in New Brunswick, a speech-language pathologist will work standard weekday hours. However, work hours may differ depending on their place of employment. The work in a hospital may lean towards education and counseling, whereas rehabilitation centres usually focus on improving skills and functionality.

Speech-language pathologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Community care centres
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Schools
  • Private practice

A bachelor’s degree followed by a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology or Communication Disorders is required. In New Brunswick, speech-language pathologists are required to hold a certificate of registration with the New Brunswick Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

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