The Role of a Speech-Language Pathologist
The Speech-Language Pathologist is responsible for assessing, diagnosing, and treating speech-language, social communication, cognitive-communication, language and literacy skills, voice, oral motor/feeding, and related disorders in a pediatric population.
Additional responsibilities will include:
- Implementing speech and language therapy sessions for learners in various locations.
- Addressing functional communication and establishing functional communication skills with a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.
- Assisting families and caregivers in carryover training in various locations
- Creation and implementation of speech and language therapy services and oral motor/feeding therapy services within the current and evolving multidisciplinary structure including collaboration with Occupational therapy and ABA therapy team members, to ensure consistency and continuity of care for service delivery and training between disciplines.
How does an ABA Therapist and SLP work together?
Speech and language and ABA therapies are commonly recommended therapies in treating children on the Autism Spectrum, each with its own unique benefits. An Applied Behavior Analyst and Speech-Language Pathologist may work independently or in collaboration with one another and/or other providers to address skill deficits and behavioral challenges. The goal of collaboration between SLPs and Behavior Analysts is to bring about meaningful and positive changes in behavior through treating the whole child and addressing deficits in speech, language, social communication, feeding, and more! Combining these therapies to address skills such as functional communication, social interactions, receptive language skills, AAC use and development, and feeding skills can result in increased progress for the learners we serve and provides opportunities for learning and growth between team members.