What do Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) do?

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What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?

Speech-Language Pathologists are specialists in communication and swallowing disorders. The title of the profession is Speech-Language Pathologist although Speech and Language Therapist, Speech Therapist or Logophoniste (French) are used in different places. In Canada before the 1970's the title most commonly used was Speech Therapist, but this was changed to reflect the growing awareness that "Language" is a major part of the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. Speech Correction or ellocution is NOT the focus of Speech Language Pathology.

The ability to communicate is central to all that we do - to who we are, how we learn and how we relate to each other at home, at school and at work. Thousands of people fail to access education, social, economic and career opportunities due to communication difficulties.

Speech-Language Pathologists work to assess, diagnose and develop a treatment plan to maximize the communication potential of the people under their care and may also refer them to other professionals or agencies.
Speech-Language Pathologists also work to support people with chewing and swallowing difficulties.

Such work will involve direct contact with people with communication and swallowing difficulties as well as significant others in their lives.

Who do Speech-Language Pathologists work with?


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What do Speech-Language Pathologists do?

Speech-Language Pathologists are specialists in communication and swallowing disorders. More >

Who do SLPs work with?

Babies, children and adults with neurological or physical disabilities. More >

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