Speech–language pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a speech–language pathologist or a speech and language therapist, both of whom may be known by the shortened description, speech therapist.
SLPs specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of communication disorders (speech and language impairments), cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. SLPs also play an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder (often in a team with pediatricians and psychologists).
Speech, language, and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, a cleft palate,cerebral palsy, or emotional issues.
Speech therapists use fun activities to help their clients practice language production.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in speech-language pathology, you may be wondering what personal characteristics and attributes speech-language pathologists (SLPs) need to be successful beyond possessing the knowledge and skills specific to the profession.
Speech language pathologists use a variety of tools and technologies to assist with evaluation, diagnosis and rehabilitation of individuals both young and old. Whether it is assessing communication skills through speech or cognition, or evaluating swallowing abilities, the tools and technologies available are as comprehensive as the field itself.