Bilingual speech pathologists are responsible for the development and implementation of speech therapy plans for patients, as well as performing evaluations to chart progress and growth. They typically evaluate patients at set intervals to determine the effectiveness of their current treatment and, for new patients, the necessary type and extent of treatment. With this information, the pathologist will develop a long-term plan for the patient's recovery and take into account evolving situations to make changes as needed.
Bilingual speech pathologists also keep clients' families involved in the process and informed of the patient's progress. They may participate in case conferences to overlook both long-term and day-to-day data to implement proper care, as well as assist and train interns and assistants in the methods of speech therapy.
Aspiring bilingual speech pathologists need at least a master’s degree in speech language pathology and the ability to speak fluently in both English and Spanish. A certified driver’s license is also required in addition to a drug test and background check. Strong interpersonal skills are important in this position to interact with patients and their families in a kind and courteous manner, and they must also have leadership abilities in order to work with teams and new interns on a semi-frequent basis.