dcsimg



Schools in the USA
Back to Career Search     

Speech Technician


Description

Most people take speaking for granted. For most people speaking is as natural as breathing, it is something they just do. However, there are people for whom speaking is difficult and they need the help of professionals such as speech technicians to help them learn to speak properly. Speech technicians, work directly under the supervision of a licensed speech therapist to help individuals overcome and prevent communication problems in language, speech, voice, and fluency. These difficulties may be caused by accidents, genetic disorders such as cleft palate, or by delayed development.

Someone who has recently suffered a stroke or major trauma may have lost the ability to speak. People with stutters, lisps, slurs and learning disabilities often see speech therapists and technicians, as well as those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or swallowing disorders. A speech technician is trained to assist these people overcome speech disorders through various therapeutic methods. They are responsible for organizing and implementing a therapy program designed by a speech-language pathologist to meet the needs of deaf and hard of hearing people. It is important to distinguish, however, that they are not qualified to diagnose conditions or prescribe treatments, like their supervisors.

Treatments for developmental or medical conditions may involve a variety of activities, and depends upon special individual needs. Sign language and automated devices are two of the many methods they employ. Other methods include books, pictures, toys, sound analyzers or multimedia computer programs.

Some speech technicians work with people who have heavy accents, who are trying to adapt to a new society or country. There are also a few who work with actors, singers and broadcasters to work on accentuation, enunciation and proper pronunciation. Speech technicians may also specialize in working with people who have a particular type of disorder (e.g. stuttering), or in working with a particular age group (e.g. pre-schoolers). They always work under supervision and provide any type of assistance where possible.

While speech technicians help people of all ages, the pre-school years are the most critical for speech and language development. Many people flock to this career not only because of the direct patient care, but because they get to work with children. Therefore, if helping children is something that interests you, than this could be an excellent way to help kids learn how to speak properly.
 
View Schools for this Career: 
         Related Careers
arrow Addictions Counselor
arrow Bereavement Counselor
arrow Career Counselor
arrow [ view all related careers ]



Program Spotlight
Matching School Ad
Ashford University
The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.
Programs Offered:
  • BA Human Resources Management
  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • MBA - Business Economics
  • And more...

 

 



  Interests and Skills  
Speech technicians must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with patience and sensitivity to their patient's needs. They must have good concentration skills and be able to pay close attention to details. They are trained in assisting therapists of hearing disabilities therefore they enjoy employing and teaching ear-damage prevention methods. Finally, they enjoy working in a team environment and helping families and individuals improve their speech.
 

  Typical Tasks  
  • Perform hearing and speech support functions to provide care, treatment and training for primarily the mentally ill and patients with communication disabilities
  • Assist in development of program materials and techniques for carrying out speech, language and hearing therapy
  • Assist hearing and speech specialists in routine hearing screening tests and follow-up testing
  • Assist and train clients in the use of electronic and non-electronic alternative communication systems
  • Operate and calibrate hearing and speech equipment
  • Prepare evaluation and therapy equipment for use
  • Carry out lesson plans for improving expressive communication and receptive language abilities, self-awareness and increasing attention span
  • Conduct basic group language development or speech improvement classes
  • Assist specialists in planning and designing programs formulated to meet development and treatment needs
  • Participate in differential diagnostic evaluations of incoming and current patients
  • Maintain routine records and progress reports
  • Continually update knowledge and develop on-the-job training to develop and increase skills and knowledge, including reading publications, magazines, books and journals concerning the audiology and speech pathology fields
  • Speech technicians generally work about eight hours per day. Those working in private practices generally tend to have more flexibility in their schedules, however may also work evenings and weekends to accommodate their patients' schedules. In clinics, they work in offices and treatment rooms. Technicians work on a contract basis may be required to travel between the various locations they work, such as day care centers, hospitals, and schools.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Speech technicians work in speech pathology and audiology private practices, hospitals, schools, and community care centers. They are also employed in universities and government agencies, or in an administrative role in speech and hearing programs.

  Long Term Career Potential  
What does the future hold for speech technicians? Those who work in larger practices or hospitals can move into supervisory or management positions with experience. Otherwise, with additional training and education, they can become speech therapists or language pathologists. Speech technicians may also decide to switch to other types of therapy assistant positions such as music therapy or alternative rehabilitation practices.
 

  Educational Paths  
The majority of speech technicians have a bachelor's degree in linguistics, speech therapy or a related field. Otherwise, speech technicians may attend a speech technician program at a community college and learn through hands-on training. It is also a good idea for individuals to volunteer at a hospital or clinic to see if this is the type of work that they will like doing for their career. They may also choose to take a sign language course in school as many patients they will work with are deaf. Speech technicians will both teach sign language to children and communicate with patients using the hands.
 

Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads
California College San Diego

The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

Programs Offered:
  • Business Administration - Human Resources (BS)
  • Business Administration - Property Management (BS)
  • Business Administration (BS)

 
Ashford University
The Forbes School of Business® combines the power and flexibility of online learning with high-quality, topical Forbes content.
Programs Offered:
  • BA Human Resources Management
  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • MBA - Business Economics
  • And more...

 
Liberty University

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs Offered:
  • MHA: Human Resources
  • DBA in Human Resources
  • MBA - Human Resources
  • And more...

 
Argosy University

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Programs Offered:
  • Human Resource Management (MS)
  • Business Administration (BS)
  • Business Administration (AS)
  • And more...

 
American University

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

Programs Offered:
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Mangement
  • Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management

 
Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University

Become the leader you know you can be. The Forbes School of Business & TechnologyÒat Ashford University

Programs Offered:
  • BA Human Resources
  • MBA - Human Resources Management
  • BA Business Administration
  • And more...

 
Saint Joseph's University

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

Programs Offered:
  • MS in Strategic Human Resource Management

 
Colorado Technical University Online

A degree from CTU can connect you to what matters most: powerful professional network, faculty who are real-world professionals and innovative technology. So once you earn your degree you hit the ground sprinting. Are you in?

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Human Resource Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • And more...

 
The University of Scranton

Since 1888, The University of Scranton has grounded its education in Catholic and Jesuit principles based on intellectual growth and integrity, all of which shape the online master’s and certificate programs.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Human Resources
  • MBA - Human Resources
  • Master of Business Administration
  • And more...

 
Regent University
Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose.
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Business

 
Matching School Ads
  Universities and Colleges
Clarkson UniversityColorado School of MinesDalhousie University
Oral Roberts UniversityPenn State HarrisburgTemple University
The University of HoustonThompson Rivers UniversityUNB Saint John
University of AlabamaUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of British Columbia
University of IowaUniversity of New BrunswickUniversity of Oregon
University of OttawaYork University
Agriculture and Bio-resources | Allied Health and Health Sciences | Applied Business Technology | Architecture
Business Administration | Computer Science | Cosmetology and Esthetics | Culinary, Travel &Hospitality | Dance 
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology |Engineering | Film | Fine Arts and Design | Humanities and Liberal ArtsJustice and Security
Music
| Natural and Applied Sciences | Naturopathic and Holistic MedicineNursingPublic Administration & PolicyReligious and Theological Studies
Sport Sciences and Physical Education | Teacher Education | Theatre
Articles | College News | Videos | Feedback | Career Search
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Faq | Terms of Use | Policy Statement | Site Map | Cities Site Map

Copyright 2003- 2017 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.