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National Speech Pathologist Day (USA)
About the event:
Beginning in the 1920s, the role of the speech language pathologist emerged in response to soldiers with brain injuries returning from the war. Over the next 100 years speech language pathology has grown and developed into a profession that offers a wide range of services for patients of all ages. Be sure to acknowledge Speech Language Pathologist for the role they play in healthcare!
History of National Speech Pathologist Day
The field of speech pathology began to grown in interest in the early 1920’s, as soldiers with traumatic brain injuries returned from the war (SpeechEasy, 2019). By 1926, the American Academy of Speech Correction was created (SpeechEasy, 2019).
Almost 100 years later, in 2016, there were 145,100 SLPs employed in the United States. This is projected to grow to 171,000 by the year 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d.). The top three practice settings of SLPs are schools, offices, and hospitals (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2018; Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d.).
The minimum entry level degree into the profession is a masters degree. However, some states require postgraduate experience as well. Certifications for SLPs are also available, with similar requirements to state licensures (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019; Speech Pathology Graduate Programs, 2019).
Who, where and when:
- When: May 18th
- Where: in USA
- Who: Speech Pathologist
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