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A speech therapy invoice is a document used for billing patients who received formal treatment by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) for issues related to language, speech, or swallowing. In addition to the time dedicated to treating patients, speech therapists may sell or issue products designed to assist patients with the formulation of words, as well as overcoming other difficulties.

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What is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a type of service that is provided by a licensed SLP to improve the speech capabilities of children and adults. SLPs are trained in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of speech-related disorders, including both speech and language issues. Speech therapy is more common for children than adults, although both may be seen by an SLP; reasons an individual may require therapy include birth defects, autism, articulation issues, brain injuries, breathing disorders, impaired hearing, and swallowing or breathing disorders. In general, the earlier a patient begins speech therapy after the onset of symptoms – the better their chances are of improving their condition.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) Education

SLPs are required to hold a master’s degree through a graduate school that has been accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA). Additionally, SLPs are required to take a national exam in speech-language pathology called the “Praxis II: Subject in Speech-Language Pathology.” The results from the national exam, graduate school transcripts, a fee, and a criminal background check are all required in the application for state licensure. For links to each state’s SLP licensing boards, head to the State-by-State Licesning Overview provided by SpeechPathologyGraduatePrograms.org.

Speech Therapists Near Me

To find a speech therapist nearby, head to Google Maps. Additionally, services like ASHA’s (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) ProFind and Yelp can assist in finding local certified SLPs.

Speech-Language Pathologist Salary & Career Outlook

  • Salary: $79,120/yr (source: BLS)
  • Hourly rate: 38.04/hr (source: BLS)