Career as Speech Therapist

Stream : Health Science
Sub Stream : Audiologist/ Speech Therapist

Language and speech is the main mode of social interaction and communication. People now do not ignore speech defects; rather they want to correct them. Audiology and Speech Therapy is one of the lesser known fields in india, but given the rising awareness about learning disabilities and their close connection with speech and audio problems, this field is slowly gaining recognition. 
Speech Therapy is a promising career option for those interested in paramedical sciences.


JOB RESPONSIBILITY

Speech language pathologists and audiologists are concerned with the prevention, identification and rehabilitation of children and adults with communication disorders and hearing impairment. As these professionals help people make their lives more productive and richer by improving people's communication skills their career is well respected and gives an opportunity to make a difference in other people's life.


EDUCATION

 

 

SPEECH THERAPIST V/S AUDIOLOGIST

- Speech impairment includes speech difficulties and vocal dysphonia.
- While hearing impairment is full or partial disabilityand audiologists are concerned with the prevention, identification and  rehabilitation of children and adults with communication disorders and hearing impairment. 
- Speech language pathology and audiology are distinct disciplines, but are so interrelated that to be fully competent in either, one should  be familiar with both.
- Both deal with speech, language and hearing impairments that disrupt the ability of the sufferer to communicate and interact in various social situation. 


SKILLS REQUIRED TO BE A SPEECH THERAPIST - 

While looking for a job, we search about the responsibilities, scope, qualification etc required for a particular. But we often forget the most important factors  i.e career interest, Aptitude and personality, needed to be considered, while applying for a job. 

Some of the basic aptitude, personality and interest required to succeed in this career are-

INTEREST

APTITUDE

PERSONALITY

Experimenting-

  • Experimenting not means interest in research work, it means someone with interest in opportunity to acquire knowledge and to analyse results.

 

  • Speech-language pathologists keep their knowledge and skills current with the most up to date resources. They continue their education and attend conferences with others in the profession.

            Observation-

  • Speech-language pathologists are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat various communication disorders for both adults and children. So it requires a person with good observation skills.

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                   Imaginative-

  • Speech-language pathologists use creative and innovative exercises to treat the individual needs of a patient.

 

  • Speech-language pathologists continue to develop new methods and equipment to evaluate problems and establish more effective treatments.

 

 

 

Spontaneous-

  • Speech-language pathologists find the best courses of treatment by proactively determining the nature and severity of the problem.               

 

 

Solitary

  • SLPs who work with medically complex patients persevere when other clinicians may cast doubt on a patient’s abilities.

 

  • Speech-language pathologists motivate patients during challenging treatments and recovery periods. SLPs identify what wills a patient to improve and incorporate that inspiration into treatment.


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COURSE INCLUDES

-Under the umbrella of paramedical courses, speech therapists and audiologists require special training. 
-Practical training in both treating and handling people, is a must.
-As part of your course, you will receive instructions on various speech and hearing impairments that exist. 
-Treatment systems and methods are also taught.

 

TOP COLLEGES OFFERING/UP/PG/OTHER COURSES IN SPEECH/ LANGUAGE THERAPY

  • Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore
  • All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
  • All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysore
  • Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh
  • Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences (MCOAHS) Karnataka
  • Indian Institute of Health Education and Research, Patna
  • MERF Institute of Speech and Hearing, Chennai.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS  

scopes for Speech Therapist                                                                   

There are ample scopes for Speech Therapists in-

  • government/private hospitals, 
  • government health department  
  • health care centres/ NGOs working for disabled, 
  • community care centres, 
  • rehabilitation centers, 
  • centre for disabled,
  • nursing care facilities 
  • public or private schools, universities and government agencies as teacher.
  • Besides, speech pathologists can also opt for private practices. 
  • Some highly qualified can choose research career in research labs or teaching career in medical/para-medical colleges.

 

JOB TITLES

The job titles for professionals working in this field include-      
-Audiologist
-Program Director
-Rehabilitation Counselor
-Sign Language Interpreter
-Language Specialist
-Linguist
-Speech Pathologist etc.

 

SALARY
highest paying jobs

- A speech/language therapist in government hospital gets a starting salary of Rs 8,000-10,000 per month. 
- With 4-5 years of experiences it can well go up to Rs 20,000-25,000 per month. 
- Private hospitals offer better salaries and benefits. Private practitioners in speech/language therapy have handsome earnings which may vary at times.


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