Speech and Language Pathologists are healthcare professionals who
provide diagnoses, consultation and clinical supports to people
of all ages who experience communication or swallowing disorders.
Their role is to:
- Evaluate and treat individuals who are having difficulty
communicating daily wants and needs. These communication difficulties
populations as diverse as autistic preschoolers, individuals
with developmental disabilities, and geriatric stroke patients.
and treat individuals who are having difficulty swallowing.
This difficulty can occur in patients with diagnoses such as
stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or in
individuals with developmental disabilities.
- Make recommendations
to caregiving staff and families to improve communication
and to promote safe and efficient swallowing.
A Speech and Language Pathologist would be consulted when a child
or adult is experiencing:
- Difficulty understanding what is said
- Difficulty with speech intelligibility, or with using
speech to makes needs known
- The need for an alternative or augmentative communication
- A decrease in reading or writing ability
- Swallowing difficulties such as coughing or choking with
liquids or solid foods, a significant weight loss, or aspiration