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National SLP Day: Honoring Speech Language Pathologists Nationwide

Happy National SLP Day to you and all your Speech Language Pathologist friends! Today is a special day where we get to honor you and all you do! Speech Pathologists do so much – from private practice work to working with a traumatic brain injury, or simply helping clients with their communication skills. We hope you are proud of how you help so many clients and know that you play an important role! Here at Speech Therapy Store, we are definitely amazed by you! 

National Speech Pathologist Day is observed each year on May 18th – this coming Saturday for the year 2024! This day serves to acknowledge the profound impact that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have on the lives of individuals with communication disorders. We honor the hard work of SLPs across the United States and all the other countries. It’s a profession that encompasses a range of specialties, from helping children with stutters to assisting adults recovering from strokes to regain their ability to communicate. SLPs do SO MUCH and we are excited to celebrate you!

National SLP Day provides an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the dedication and expertise that these professionals bring to their work. The recognition of this day also opens the door for aspiring speech-language pathologists to learn more about the field and to encourage others to advocate for people with communication challenges.


All For You – 

We are thankful for you, and we are proud of you! If you want someone to know more about what you do, or if someone you know is considering becoming an SLP, feel free to forward this post or our free informational graphics to them so that they can know and appreciate all SLPs do! 

We’ve created cards for you to print and hand out to your team, your child’s SLP, or just your favorite SLP! When working in the schools, I was so thankful every time someone did even the smallest thing to tell me thanks or notice my efforts. We work hard and feeling appreciated goes a long way. That’s what National SLP Day is about!

Speech-Language Pathologists

Speech-language pathologists are vital professionals in the healthcare and education sectors. They specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating communication disorders and speech-related issues.

Roles and Responsibilities

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) carry out a range of functions centered around diagnosing and treating speech and language impairments. Our primary task includes developing and implementing effective treatment plans to address fluency, articulation, and voice disorders. We also offer early intervention services for children exhibiting signs of communication difficulties. Here are some of our key responsibilities:

  • Assessing speech, language, cognitive-communication, and oral/feeding/swallowing skills.
  • Diagnosing speech and language disorders.
  • Creating treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs.
  • Providing therapy that may involve language intervention activities, articulation therapy, and other modalities.
  • Educating patients and family members about communication disorders and how to cope with them.

Typical Work Settings

SLPs can be found in a variety of environments, reflecting the diverse nature of our work. Common settings where we practice include:

  • Hospitals: Addressing communication and swallowing disorders related to medical conditions.
  • Schools: Enhancing students’ speech and language skills to support their educational performance.
  • Private Practices: Offering specialized and tailored therapy services.
  • Research and Higher Education: Conducting research and teaching at universities to advance the field of communication sciences.

SEE ALSO: Free SLP Planner [Updated Yearly]

Qualifications and Skills

In order to become a speech-language pathologist, one must meet high educational and professional standards as set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). These typically include:

  • Master’s Degree: In Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Clinical Experience: Supervised by a licensed SLP.
  • Certification: Commonly the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP).

SLPs must possess a strong understanding of communication disorders and skills in assessment and treatment. We also work with speech-language pathology assistants, who support us under our direction. Essential skills include:

  • Analytical Skills: For assessment and diagnosis.
  • Communication Skills: Crucial for therapy and collaboration with clients, families, and other professionals.
  • Compassion: To support clients struggling with communication barriers.

By constantly updating our qualifications and skills, we ensure that our services remain effective and grounded in the most current knowledge within the field.


Significance of National SLP Day

National SLP Day underscores the essential contributions of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and heightens awareness around communication disorders and therapies.

Recognition of the Profession

National Speech-Language Pathologist Day presents an opportunity to highlight the important role of SLPs in treating a wide array of communication disorders. Individuals living with autism spectrum disorder, central auditory processing disorder, or those who’ve experienced traumatic brain injuries benefit from the expertise of SLPs. By acknowledging the dedication and specialized skills of these professionals, we show our support for their commitment to fostering better speech and communication abilities.

Public Awareness

This day also serves as a platform to elevate public understanding of issues like hearing loss and how it affects daily life. Informative campaigns and educational resources are released to provide insight into the challenges faced by individuals with such disorders. By doing so, we move towards a society that is more informed and empathetic towards the needs of people with communication difficulties.

Celebration Across Platforms

We see a diverse celebration of National SLP Day across various platforms. Social media influencers in the field make significant contributions by creating engaging content on platforms like TikTok, sharing successes and insights into the life of an SLP. These online activities foster a sense of community and encourage participation from a global audience, further spreading the message of “Happy National SLP Day”.

Annual Observance

Annually, during the month of May, we collectively observe National Speech Pathologist’ Day, reaffirming our support and gratitude for SLPs each year. The regularity of this observance ensures a consistent acknowledgment of the profession and its contributions, reminding us annually to appreciate and commend the work SLPs do in improving the lives of those with communication challenges.

SEE ALSO: Top 14 Free CEUs for SLPs


Happy National Speech-Language Speech Day!

Here at Speech Therapy Store, the goal is and always will be to make YOUR work life easier by providing speech therapy resources and materials! Check out some of the best of the best below! 

Best Resources Round Up

Speech Therapy Store’s TOP 5 Freebies! 

  1. 432+ Free Measurable IEP Goals and Objectives Bank – We have rounded up over 400 IEP Goals and Objectives for every category you could think of! This PDF is one of our highest downloads.
  2. Articulation Words We have been working hard to build an entire articulation library! Click the sound you are working on to find some of our favorite resources to teach that sound, flashcards to practice at word, phrase, sentence, and conversational level (with pictures!) and download our interactive freebie with 20 target words to practice!
  3. Idioms and Figurative Language has 10 popular classroom idioms with 30-45 second video explanations. This freebie is a preview of our 100 Classroom Idioms Bundle! We got such sweet reviews on this post, we hope you love it too! 
  4. WH Questions Bundle has been one of our most popular freebies! This is interactive or printable and has 30 questions for each category – Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.
  5. SLP Planner is a planner that we release yearly that is interactive and a total of 123 pages! It has a horizontal version, a vertical version, daily planners, caseload planners, CEU logs, individual data sheets, group data sheets, and more. Our 24-25 Planner will launch at the end of May! 

Speech Therapy Store’s TOP 3 Curriculums! 

  1. Year Long Speech Therapy Materials is our set of 17 themed, interactive bundles that focus on articulation, language, and social skills! 
  2. Tier 2 Vocabulary Curriculum is a curriculum built for K through 6th grade! This is differentiated for 2 learning levels, interactive, and has 100 words per grade level! Pre tests/Posts tests and data tracking are included!
  3.  The Complete Conversational Skills Curriculum has 7 modules that cover initiating, tone of voice, ending a conversation, answering questions, making comments, how to change the topic, maintaining a topic, and practice games! 

Speech Therapy Store’s TOP 5 Products! 

  1. Summer Homework Bundle: Articulation, Language and Social Skills is a digitally interactive bundle that targets multiple sounds and has engaging and fun pictures. This is a higher saling product in the pre summer to help students with their speech skills before next school year!
  2. Fall Language Bundle is a 47-page interactive PDF that targets language and articulation goals! We have language bundles with many different themes and they have been a favorite all year long. 
  3. 100 Common Classroom Idioms has been so popular this year! This interactive or print and go bundle of 100 Classroom Idioms prompts you to practice with definitions, pictures, and sentences. This bundle includes quizzes every 10 Idioms as well! 
  4. Articulation Fortune Teller Origami is a bundle of fortune tellers for students to cut, fold, and then practice with! There are sounds for everyone on your caseload plus a blank template!
  5. Articulation Reading Passages and Conversations is a top seller for therapists with older students! This 266 bundle has 6 stories per sound, with 20 target words per sound. This also comes with a teacher version for data collection.

Love from other Speechies! 

  1. National SLP Day Handout by Paige Fruit is a great and clear handout that highlights the 6 main areas school speech therapists work on.
  2. JOKES Posters Room Decor Figurative Language Speech Therapy FREE by Monae’s Speech House is a bundle of some fun and funny decor for your speech room!
  3. FREE | Where is the Speech Therapist | SLP Room Posters | Speech Room Decor by I Heart Communication is a bundle of Door Posters for your Speech Therapy Room!
  4. FREEBIE! SPEECH ROOM RULES SPEECH THERAPY PHONOLOGY ARTIC APRAXIA by Monae’s Speech House is a clear and engaging set of rules for a speech therapy room.
  5. Speech Therapy Room Decor Printable by LoveforSpeech is a bundle of posters or cards to print out for your speech therapy room that are cute and encouraging for therapists and learners!

SEE ALSO: Speech Therapy Room Decor


Thank You!!

To help spread the love, we created some cards for you to pass on to the SLPs in your life. Or, you could print out a poster to hang up and spread the love to help support other SLPs on National SLP Day! The support and love goes so far for hard working speech therapists, and we want to make sure they feel extra appreciated today! 

We just can’t say enough about how much we want you to feel respected and appreciated. We hope that by coming to the Speech Therapy Store, you feel heard, supported and that you are in a community with SLP’s who value what you do. We hope that our resources make your days just a little bit easier and you can spend more time doing what you love! Thank you to every single SLP who has supported and encouraged Melissa along this journey of creating this website for her fellow SLPs. We are so proud and amazed by you! Happy SLP Day!!


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