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Massachusetts Speech Therapist Daily Tasks

As a Massachusetts speech therapist, you will have many choices as to where and what environment you choose to work. Some speech therapists, for example, choose to work in hospitals or rehabilitation centers, while others will choose to work in private practices or even to open their very own practices. Still, others work in the school system or choose to work in social services or other specialty areas. No matter where you choose to work, certain daily tasks will likely be expected of you, and it is important that you prepare yourself for those now and work on developing the skills that those various tasks will inevitably require of you.

  1. Interaction with Patients: As a speech therapist, your first and most important task will always be to help your clients or patients. You will diagnose their speech and/or hearing disorders if this has not already been done, work with them to develop a treatment or betterment plan, and then meet with them regularly to work on speech and/or hearing problems. It is also likely that you will work to help their family members better understand and help their loved ones to deal with the issues that come up as a result of their impairments.
  2. Record Keeping: One of the more monotonous and less looked forward to aspects of being a speech therapist in the state is keeping detailed records of the progress and interactions had with your client. You will be responsible for writing descriptions of each session you have with your patient, what things were revealed and/or learned about the patient, and any progress made. These records will serve the purpose of helping you and the client to reach speech and hearing goals and of reporting to your boss or passing on information to other professionals who work with the patient.
  3. Referrals: Every speech therapist will eventually interact with a client who either has needs that the therapist is unable to meet or whose problems are caused not by speech or hearing problems but by psychological and/or medical problems. When this is the case, it is your job to, first and foremost, realize this and, secondly, to refer the patient to other professionals who can offer more accurate help. As such, it is your job to be aware of professionals in the area and to form good, working relationships with them in order to help your clients.
  4. Continuing Education: All speech therapists must be lifelong learners, since speech therapy is an ever developing and constantly changing field. Your employer may require you to complete continuing education courses or to obtain specialized certifications. You might even do these yourself for your own benefit. Sometimes they will be paid for by your employers, and other times, you will have to fund them yourself. No matter what, you must be committed to learning all you can in order to benefit both yourself and your clients. You are also required to meet all obligations to keep your licensure up to date and in accordance with all state regulations.

These, of course, are just a few of the many tasks associated with being a speech therapist in the state. Depending on what you do, you will likely have many other jobs and responsibilities. If you can carry them out successfully, you are sure to enjoy a long and lucrative career as a speech therapist. Though the work is difficult and often demanding, keep in mind that it is also personally rewarding and that you will be helping a great many people to enjoy a higher quality of life each and every day that you go to work.