What is a
(also know as Speech Therapist or Speech Pathologist,
but not speech teacher)
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are experts in the cognitive and physiological aspects of communication development and functioning, as well as the related functions of feeding and swallowing.
SLPs assess, diagnose and treat cognitive-linguistic and motor-speech disorders and developmental delays. SLPs work with persons who have concerns such as autism, learning disabilities, stroke, dementia, traumatic brain injury, and more.
SLPs often work in schools helping children learn or in hospitals helping individual regain communication, learning, and feeding abilities.
SLPs also use their expertise to work typically functioning individuals. They consult with families on child development, train individuals in public speaking and accent modification, serve as professional witnesses, and more.
SLPs do research in the field's comprising sub-disciplines which include neurology, cognitive psychology, physiology, linguistics and more.
For more information about Communication Disorders and Speech-Language Pathology go to www.asha.org