Find a Speech-Language Pathologist / Speech and Language Therapist
- Created on Tuesday, 06 December 2011 12:32
- Updated on Sunday, 09 December 2012 08:09
Speech-Language Pathologist? Speech and Language Therapist?
Speech-Language Pathologists/ Speech and Language Therapists (SLPs/SLTs) are the only professionals uniquely qualified to assess, diagnose and treat communication disorders. Speech and language professionals are called by various names around the world.
Australia Speech Pathologist
Canada Speech-Language Pathologist
French Canada Orthophoniste
New Zealand Speech-Language Therapist
South Africa Speech Language Therapist
United Kingdom Speech and Language Therapist
United States Speech-Language Pathologist
Specialists and Generalists
Not all speech and language professionals see children, and not all of those who do see children assess and manage every type of childhood communication disorder. For example, some clinicians who see children do not see children who stutter. Some clinicians who see children only see infants and preschoolers, or only see older children and adolescents. Similarly, not all speech and language professionals see adults, and not all of those who do see adults assess and manage every communication disorder of adulthood. Some SLTs/SLPs specialise in particular areas, and some are generalists.
If you are uncertain about a practitioner's qualifications, check with the professional association for Speech-Language Pathologists / Speech and Language Therapists in your country, or the country where the practitioner tells you they gained their qualifications.
Most of the Professional Association Sites of SLPs/SLTs contain a descriptions of the criteria for practising membership of their associations. There are links to these sites under the heading Associations.
Consumers in Australia can use the Speech Pathology Australia Find a Speech Pathologist searchable database. Note that some Speech Pathology Australia members have elected not to be included in this database. There is a private practice association in Western Australia (PSPAWA).
Consumers in Canada who are unable to locate appropriate services using the Proserv search engine or the CASLPA Search Form may find what they are seeking by visiting one of the following Provincial Associations: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Québec, and Saskatchewan.
The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Private Practice has a searchable database of members who are also members of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists.
Search or browse the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA) database of some of the practitioners working in the public sector and/or the private sectors in New Zealand.
The Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) provides a searchable database of its members. All ASLTIP members are registered members of both the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health Professions Council.
Use the Proserv search engine locate certified audiologists and speech-language pathologists mainly in the US and Canada. This on-line directory contains information about programs that employ audiologists and speech-language pathologists who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Consumers in the US who are unable to locate appropriate services using the Proserv search engine (above) may find what they are seeking by visiting the ASHA recognised State Association site in their state.