Speech-Language Therapist

About the job:

What you do

As a Speech Therapist, you assess and treat people with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders. You also develop and implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on your own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers. 

Speech Therapists have to follow a traineeship program in parallel with their university studies.

After graduating, they have 2 main career options:

1.) Working in a Private Clinic/Polyclinic

2.) Working in a Center/Specialized School

The path that most students take is a combination of the two.

  • Morning (8 am - 2 pm) schedule at a Center or Nursery
  • Saturdays and Afternoons in the Private Clinic

A typical schedule looks like:

  • 3 Times per week at a Center/Specialized School (For $50-$80/Day)
  • 1 or 2 Times per week at a School/Nursery ($60-$80/Day)
  • 3 to 5 Patients with two weekly sessions ($25/Session)

Few Speech Therapists work full-time in Centers. Some even work in Hospitals or Rehabilitation Centers.

Note that working with adults, instead of children, requires additional experience through traineeship, workshops or a Master’s degree.

 

The tough stuff

As a Speech Therapist, you will have to: 

  • Be very patient - Progress can be slow!
  • Deal with clients and families who want fast results!
  • Deal with tons of paperwork
  • Deal with repetitive tasks 
  • Motivate others
The cool stuff

As a Speech Therapist, you:

  • Are helping others
  • Can be your own boss
  • Can form strong bonds with clients and their families
  • Can enjoy seeing your clients grow and improve
Typical work hours
  • 37.5 hours/week
  • 20% Overtime
  • Travel may be required

There are opportunities for flexible or part-time work, and job-sharing is available.

 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Languages (English or French or Arabic)
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Understanding written information
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Planning & Organization
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

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Education stuff:

Education required

Education

  • A Degree in Speech Therapy, Communications or Speech and Hearing Sciences might be most relevant for you
  • A Master's degree is required 

Competencies

  • You must demonstrate compassion, patience, and critical thinking skills
  • You also must possess excellent speaking, listening, and writing skills

Computer Skills

  • Additionally, you will need knowledge of medical software such as Avaaz Innovations Interactive Voice Analysis System, language analysis software, and spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel
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