1220.0 - Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, 1997  
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      Speech Pathologist
      Speech Therapist

Assesses and treats people with communication disorders including speech, language, voice, fluency and literacy difficulties or people who have physical problems with eating or swallowing.

Skill Level:
The entry requirement for this occupation is a bachelor degree or higher qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks Include:
  • administers tests, and observes patients to determine the nature and extent of communication, speech or voice disorders
  • plans and conducts remedial exercises and programs to correct stuttering, abnormal articulation and other speech disorders
  • advises on treatment for children slow in learning to speak
  • provides speech training for patients with communication problems caused by defective hearing, abnormality, surgery or injury
  • plans individual or group therapy in rehabilitation of patients with communication disorders
  • counsels and guides language handicapped people, their families, teachers and employers
  • may act as a consultant to education, medical, dental and other professional groups
  • may conduct research related to the development of diagnostic techniques or the design of related apparatus
  • may refer to, or accept referrals from, medical practitioners

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