A speech language pathologist (SLP) is a specialist in speech and language.
SLPs often diagnose and treat speech and language delays and disorders, but may also work on swallowing disorders. They may work in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, or private clinics.
To become a speech language pathologist in the United States, you must complete a master’s degree in speech language pathology and one year of clinical apprenticeship. SLPs receive licenses to practice in their state.
Erin is a Ph.D. student in the Bergelson lab at Duke University, where she studies how young children who are Deaf or blind learn language.