Bilingual speech therapists work closely with special needs children and adults and oversee therapeutic techniques for rehabilitation. These therapies include, but are not limited to, speech, language, hearing, swallowing, and cognitive disorders. They are also expected to participate in the development and implementation of patient care rehabilitative services in native and non-native languages, as well as record the types of treatment administered and the patients' reactions.
These therapists instruct and counsel other health team personnel and family members in methods of effectively assisting patients in improving and correcting their disabilities. Primary work locations include homes, schools, and facilities such as day cares, nursing homes, and long-term rehabilitation centers. Most bilingual speech therapists work under the supervision of a member of the state board of speech language pathology and audibility. Interactions with patients, teachers, families, health care professionals, physicians, and their assistants should be expected on a fairly regular basis. Reliable transportation, a valid state license or certification, and graduation from an accredited school in speech language pathology are generally required for this position. Prior experience in the field is highly beneficial, but not always required.
Most bilingual speech therapists meet with up to five clients a day and are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of therapy for these clients. Their work-week usually extends from Monday to Friday during school hours, and the occasional after-hours conference or house call should be expected.
Bilingual Speech Therapist Tasks
Document the initial evaluation, treatment, progress and discharge of patients.
Instruct patients in communication techniques and teach speech, muscle and breathing exercises.
Develop, implement and monitor treatment plans for problems such as stuttering, delayed language, swallowing disorders and or voice problems, adjust treatments accordingly.
Administer hearing, speech and language evaluations, tests and examinations to patients.
Evaluate hearing, speech and language test results, medical background to diagnose and plan treatment for speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing disorders.