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State System, APSCUF Reach Tentative Agreement, Strike Ends

Late Friday afternoon, we received an announcement that the strike between the faculty union (APSCUF) and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has been settled. Faculty members will return to work effective midnight tonight. For students that have regularly scheduled classes this weekend, report as scheduled. All other students should follow their class schedules starting Monday, October 24.

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Is speech-language pathology the right profession for you?

Think about this: Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) assist people with communication disorders improve their quality of life.

What do speech-language pathologists do?

  • Help individuals with articulation disorders learn how to say speech sounds correctly
  • Assist individuals with voice disorders develop proper control of the vocal and respiratory systems for correct voice production
  • Assist individuals who stutter increase their fluency
  • Help children with language disorders improve language comprehension and production (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, and story-telling skills)
  • Assist individuals with aphasia improve comprehension of speech and reading and production of spoken and written language
  • Assist individuals with severe communication disorders with the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, including speech-generating devices (SGDs)
  • Help individuals with speech and language disorders and their communication partners understand the disorders to achieve more effective communication in educational, social, and vocational settings
  • Advise individuals and the community on how to prevent speech and language disorders
  • Help people with Swallowing disorders
  • Help people with cognitive-communication disorders– the impairment of cognitive processes including attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness, and executive functions (e.g., self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
  • Auditory processing disorders– the inability to understand spoken language in the absence of a hearing problem.
  • Accent modification for individuals without communication disorders.
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Speech-language pathologists provide professional services in:

  • Public and private schools
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Short-term and long-term nursing care facilities
  • Community clinics
  • Colleges and universities
  • Private practice
  • State, federal and local health departments & government agencies
  • Home care
  • Adult day care centers
  • Centers for persons with developmental disabilities
  • Research laboratories
  • Institutes and private agencies
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