What is a Speech / Language Pathologist?

Speech Therapy

Speech / language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, or SLPs, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.  Speech therapists help improve articulation of language, facilitate proper tongue and lip positioning, and facilitate expressive and receptive language.

Speech therapists really help children to communicate by whatever means possible.  For most children that is with their voice.  In some cases it is through augmentative devices.  It can also include non-verbal communication (such as body language), eye gaze, social cues, and routines.  In some cases by helping the child to communicate constructively there may be an improvement in behavior..

They treat conditions such as:  apraxia of speech, dysarthria, feeding issues, oral motor disorders, and speech sound disorders.

These are the experts at helping your child communicate.