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Definition of «Speech-language pathologist»

Speech-language pathologist: A specialist who evaluates and treats communication disorders and swallowing problems. A speech-language pathologist is sometimes called a speech therapist or speech pathologist.

Speech pathologists usually have an MA 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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