Day in the life of
Speech-Language Pathologist – Shayla Toepfer
Speech-language pathologists have many different titles, we are referred to as speech therapists, speech and language therapists, speech pathologists, and swallowing therapists! I like to refer to us speech therapists as a jack of all trades! We address expressive and receptive language disorders, voice, dysarthria, memory, problem-solving, fluency, articulation, resonance, aural rehabilitation, social aspects of language, and last but not least, swallowing!
Most speech therapists work with children and in schools. They usually address language and articulation. I work in the medical setting, so I specialize in swallowing or better known as dysphagia! I provide swallowing assessments using tools like an X-ray machine to assess people’s swallowing function and reduce that patient’s risk of dying from pneumonia!
I also see a lot of patients with neurological dysfunction and also specialize in helping children and adults improve their memory, problem-solving, and expressive and receptive language abilities!
We really get to help others change their lives for the better. It is a highly rewarding job!
We are overworked! There aren’t many SLP’s and most facilities have very unrealistic expectations for speech pathologists.
assess and treat persons with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. May select alternative communication systems and teach their use. May perform research related to speech and language problems.