Speech-Language Therapist Kaihaumanu Reo ā-Waha

Speech-language therapists assess and treat people who have problems with communication or swallowing. This may include difficulties with speech, language, thought processes or moving their bodies.

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Speech-language therapists need to be registered with the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists' Association.

Speech-language therapists may do some or all of the following:

  • assess and diagnose communication disorders such as stuttering or lisps
  • co-ordinate and plan treatments
  • help individuals learn to speak, move or communicate
  • lead group therapy sessions
  • help children and adults learn to swallow and eat
  • report on their clients
  • educate and advise clients and their families.

Physical Requirements

Speech-language therapists need to have clear speech and good hearing.

Useful Experience

Experience with young children is useful.

Personal Qualities

Speech-language therapists need to be:

  • patient and supportive
  • able to put people at ease
  • good communicators
  • able to work with people of all ages, cultural backgrounds and lifestyles.

Useful Experience

Experience with young children is useful.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include biology, chemistry, health, languages, te reo Māori and English.

Speech-Language Therapists can earn around $47K-$100K per year per year.

Speech-language therapists may progress into management or research roles. They may also move between work in the education or health industries.

Speech-language therapists may specialise in a field of work, or work with particular groups of people, such as:

  • children (paediatrics)
  • the elderly
  • children and adults who have physical disorders, such as swallowing difficulties or cleft lips or palates.
Speech-Language Therapist

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