Question 2

Given our understanding of the evolving profession, what is the ideal speech-language pathologist of the future?

Envisioning the ideal SLP of the future is difficult, given the unreliability of most available predictors. It is possible to define values that (a) offer a reminder of the complexity of important roles and (b) should enable an SLP to adapt effectively to the future.

Characteristics of the Ideal SLP


  • Teachable
  • Strong ethics
  • Good communication skills
  • Capable technologically
  • Conversant with good business practice
  • Curiosity
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Empathy
  • Social consciousness
  • Civility
  • Objectivity
  • Analytic ability
  • Patience
  • Advocacy for profession
  • Positive
  • Strong values


  • Articulation
  • Fluency
  • Voice and resonance
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Hearing, including the impact on speech and language
  • Swallowing
  • Cognitive aspects of communication
  • Social aspects of communication
  • Communication modalities
  • Neuroanatomy and neurophysiology
  • Acoustic aspects
  • Basic science
  • Cultural and linguistic competence
  • Awareness of other professions and inclination to partner


  • Prevention
  • Evaluation
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Reimbursement
  • Research
    • Basic
    • Evidence-based
  • Collaboration with other professionals

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