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Working to assess and improve communication needs and skills, Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with both children and adults whether as part of medical programs or educational systems. These highly trained professionals serve people with hearing loss, voice problems, brain injury, speech sound errors, developmental delays, trouble with chewing or swallowing and much more. 

National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day is here to shine a much-deserved spotlight on these people who play such an important role in the lives of so many. And it’s a day to raise public awareness about SLPs and communication health!

History of National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day

The field of speech-language pathology in the United States dates back more than a century, to the early 1900s when they were originally called “speech correctionists”. The American Academy of Speech Correction was founded in 1925 and the name was changed in 1978 to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA).

It was 2010 when the first official recognition of this day took place, originally known as “National Speech Pathologist Day”. In the more than a decade since its founding, the day has evolved to include the “language” portion of this aspect of service that includes help for individuals and families, support groups, information for the general public and more.

How to Celebrate National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day

Check out some of these interesting ways to get started celebrating National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day with some of these ideas:

Thank a Speech-Language Pathologist

One excellent way to celebrate this day is to show support and appreciation to a Speech-Language Pathologist. Whether the SLP is a colleague, friend, family member or support worker, National SLP Appreciation Day is a great time to pay special attention to thank them for what they do and the support they show to individuals and families in their local community and beyond. Say thank you with a card, an email, a phone call or some small gift to express how much this amazing SLP means. This day acts as an excellent reminder to make a big deal about the commitment and support provided by so many SLPs who may otherwise go rather unnoticed or under-appreciated throughout the year.

Understand More About Speech and Language Pathologists

Get connected and participate in National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day by learning and sharing some different facts to raise awareness for the day. Check out some of these important roles of SLPs to get started with:

  • SLPs can help with physical problems such as swallowing (dysphagia)

  • SLPs may assist people who want to reduce an accent

  • SLPs provide vital help for those who are overcoming the effects of a stroke

  • SLPs may help people who have had traumatic brain injuries

Attend Awareness Events

Different organizations that educate, employ or support SLPs may host events that may include seminars, appreciation gatherings, awards presentations or other types. National Speech and Language Pathologist Appreciation Day is an ideal time to attend an event to learn more about the vital role that these professionals play in the lives of children and adults who need help overcoming various speech, language and communication challenges.

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