Definition of Speech-language pathologist

Reviewed on 3/29/2021

Speech-language pathologist: A specialist who evaluates and treats patients with speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.

Speech pathologists have a master's degree or doctorate in their specialty, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) earned by working under supervision. Some states in the US also require a state license.

Abbreviated SLP. See also: Speech therapy.

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