SLP? ABA? OT? What do they mean?

Updated: Nov 25, 2020

It’s easy to get confused by official titles that aren't clear! This month, we’re explaining some common industry terms to help you better understand the professionals involved in managing speech and language disorders.

What is a Speech Language Pathologist?

  • SLPs: Speech Language Pathologist

  • Professionals with academic and clinical training in assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders

  • Education Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree followed by two-year Masters degree in Health Science, Speech Language Pathology focus with multiple clinical placements

  • Course types: anatomy, audiology, linguistics, human development

  • Must be licensed in area of practice

  • Work settings: private practice, hospitals, clinics, rehab centres, nursing homes, schools, research, and more.

  • Roles in therapy

  • Clinical assessment and treatment of speech, language, literacy, voice, stuttering, and swallowing difficulties

  • Counselling

  • Support for client and their families

  • Source of information and resources