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  • Alyssa Kung-Gunion, M.S., CCC-SLP

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Updated: Jun 11, 2021



A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is a professional who tests, diagnoses, and treats speech, language, social, cognitive, and swallowing disorders. Another term for a speech-language pathologist is a speech therapist. Speech therapists work in a variety of settings such as: school, in-home, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and clinics.


Practicing speech-language pathologists in California must have their California State License, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, speech therapists may achieve national accreditation through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to receive their Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).

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