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Early intervention speech language pathologists specialize in helping adolescents overcome speech, communication, and swallowing disorders. They stress the importance of diagnosing disorders as early as possible, as effective communicative abilities are fundamental to the learning process.
Early intervention speech language pathology jobs can be more involved than traditional SLP jobs because the SLP works very closely with not only the patient, but also the family. Early intervention SLPs develop programs that are centered on empowering the family and teaching them how to continue nurturing growth and development.
If you’re thinking of applying for early intervention SLP jobs, you should be prepared for a lot of training, as these jobs are highly specialized. For example, early intervention SLPs usually only work with children under the age of 3 with substantial developmental delays or multiple risk factors. Many early intervention SLPs also visit the child’s home to help her learn in a comfortable environment.
You will need at least a master’s degree in speech language pathology, and may need additional training before you are ready to go out into the field. Some SLPs even go on to get their doctorate. If you’re interested in this rewarding career working with young patients and their families, visit ADVANCE Healthcare Jobs today to see what early intervention SLP jobs are available in your area!