A Speech Language
Pathologist works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, and cognitive disorders. Speech therapists can help improve difficulty in the areas as they relate to:
Articulation: The correct pronunciation of words and speaking clearly.
Cognitive Rehabilitation: Memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills. Therapy for brain injury.
Fluency: Commonly known as stuttering.
Expressive Langauge: Using language to verbalize thoughts and ideas.
Receptive Language: Understanding spoken and written language.
Feeding and Swallowing: Also called dysphagia. Eating, chewing, swallowing and/or drooling.
Accent Reduction: Changing in speech pronunciation, stress, rhythm, and intonation of speech.
Voice Training: Training on vocal quality, pitch, and loudness.
Social Communication: Pragmatic aspets of language including following rules, turn taking, proximity from speaker, and social routines.
A Speech Language Pathologist’s objective is to enhance the skills necessary to effectively communicate whether it’s through verbal expression or comprehension. A Speech Pathologist can give you the skills to express your wants and needs, build social relationships, facilitate problem solving, and increase intelligibility. Ultimately an effective communicator will have a heighten self-esteem and increase in independence. If you have concerns in any of these areas, call today.