It is a common misconception that speech-language pathologists (SLPs) only teach children how
to say their sounds correctly. Rather, their role is much more extensive as they have expertise
to prevent, evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of communication disorders for individuals
of any age (birth to geriatric) for diagnoses such as:
Speech sound disorders (articulation and phonological disorders), motor speech
disorders (dysarthria or apraxia), fluency disorders (stuttering), expressive or receptive
language disorders, social/pragmatic communication disorders, voice disorders, feeding and/or
swallowing disorders (dysphagia), neurologic disorders, and cognitive communication disorders.
Patients might include those with:
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disorders and disabilities, hearing loss,
traumatic brain injury, cleft-lip and/or palate, Selective Mutism, Down Syndrome,
developmental delay, ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias,
Parkinson’s Disease, Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), those who are English Language Learners (ELL),
or those who require or use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) or other assistive
technologies and MORE!
SLPs can work in many different settings including schools, hospitals, skilled
nursing facilities, acute care centers, rehabilitation centers, private practices,
universities, in patient’s homes, and even virtually via telepractice!
SLPs often collaborate with physicians, nurses, psychiatric nurses, occupational
therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and teachers to provide holistic care
to our patients.