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Speech & Language Therapist

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Speech & Language Therapist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€33 - 64 
Related Information:
Speech & Language Therapist: 33 - 50
Senior Speech & Language Therapist: 50 - 59
Clinical Specialist Speech & Language Therapist: 55 - 64
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Treats and works with people who have speech impediments or language learning difficulties.


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Lisa Kelly
Speech and Language  
Lisa Kelly is a Speech & Language Therapist employed by the HSE.  She did a 4 year degree course in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in TCD. Continuing professional development is an important part of her job. This includes attending courses that are organised to train new assessment and therapy skills and has attended several courses over the past year and a half.
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The Work header image

Speech and language therapists help people to minimise or overcome impaired speech, voice, language or swallowing difficulties. They diagnose and assess conditions so a plan of treatment can be implemented.  
 
This plan of treatment must be both effective in improving the condition and interesting enough to keep the client's attention. Work with children, in particular, requires the therapist to devise imaginative and varied exercises.  
 
Clients are usually seen on a one-to-one basis, although the therapist may decide that group sessions are beneficial to some. Progress can be very slow and patients may be treated for several years. Full recovery may not always be possible and the therapist must be able to cope with the frustration and disappointment this can cause.  
 
Children form a large client group for the speech and language therapist. Speech difficulties often have profound social, psychological and educational implications that may be minimised by early treatment. Young people may need help with speech difficulties ranging from stammering to mispronunciation - the kinds of problem that lead them to withdraw from social situations.  
 
Adults usually have speech difficulties as a result of accidents or illnesses such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or cancer. Speech and language therapists may also help people with learning disabilities and mental health problems 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor patients' progress and adjust treatments accordingly.

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Develop or implement treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders, or inappropriate pitch or harsh voice problems, based on own assessments and recommendations of physicians, psychologists, or social workers.

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Write reports and maintain proper documentation of information, such as client Medicaid or billing records or caseload activities, including the initial evaluation, treatment, progress, and discharge of clients.

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Participate in and write reports for meetings regarding patients' progress, such as individualized educational planning (IEP) meetings, in-service meetings, or intervention assistance team meetings.

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Evaluate hearing or speech and language test results, barium swallow results, or medical or background information to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice, or swallowing disorders.

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Complete administrative responsibilities, such as coordinating paperwork, scheduling case management activities, or writing lesson plans.

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Develop individual or group activities or programs in schools to deal with behavior, speech, language, or swallowing problems.

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Instruct clients in techniques for more effective communication, such as sign language, lip reading, or voice improvement.

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Administer hearing or speech and language evaluations, tests, or examinations to patients to collect information on type and degree of impairments, using written or oral tests or special instruments.

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Educate patients and family members about various topics, such as communication techniques or strategies to cope with or to avoid personal misunderstandings.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Developing Objectives and Strategies:  Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You will need patience and self-confidence, along with the ability to encourage, understand and inspire. You will be free to plan your work and determine your own methods, so initiative and organisational skills are essential  
 
You need to be an effective communicator and have a good command of written English. Excellent hearing and clear, accurate speech is vital.


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Organisation: Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists
  Address: PO Box 541, Ballinlough, Cork
  Tel: 085 7068707
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
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Organisation: CORU - Regulating Health & Social Care Professionals
  Address: 13 - 15 The Mall, Beacon Court, Bracken Rd., Sandyford, Dublin 18
  Tel: (01) 293 3160
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