Speech-language Pathology as a Career – What Does It Take?

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One out of every ten Canadians lives with a serious communication disorder. But they don’t have to go it alone. Speech-Language Pathologists are highly trained professionals who work with people of all ages to diagnose and treat a wide variety of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties.

Nine Canadian universities offer the specialized training required for a career in Speech-Language Pathologists at the Master’s level. Through studies in such areas as counseling, anatomy, linguistics and voice disorders, students acquire the knowledge and experience to help children and adults regain or develop successful communication.

If you like people, enjoy language and health sciences, as well as possess a pleasant, adaptable and patient demeanor, then a career in Speech-Language Pathologists could be for you! In addition to four years of undergraduate studies (centering on courses in psychology, physiology, linguistics, education and health sciences), a two-year Master’s level program with clinical practicum completes the training.

Today’s Speech-Language Pathologists find work in private practice, hospitals, schools, research centres, daycare centres and more.

The rewards of such a career are many; the opportunity to meet and help people is deeply satisfying, no two clients are ever the same and the privilege of walking alongside another individual – cheering them on to success – enriches the life and experience of the communication professional.

At S.L. Hunter & Associates, we’re committed to our clients and make every effort to match them to clinicians to ensure rapport builds quickly. If you or someone you know would like more information about a career in Speech-Language Pathologists, or to book an assessment, call us.

The offices of S.L. Hunter & Associates are located at 5195 Harvester Rd. Unit 4B. We can be reached by telephone at 905-637-5522 or online at www.slhunter.ca.