What does a Speech–Language Pathologist (SLP) do?
Speech – Language Pathologists are experts in rehabilitation or habilitation of speech and language skills as well as feeding and swallowing. We work with a variety of issues and all populations. It’s important to find the right therapist because we tend to become proficient in some areas and not others. Here is a mostly comprehensive list of focus areas for SLPs:
- Articulation – sound distortions
- Childhood Apraxia of Speech – motor delay with speech production
- Cleft palate speech
- Accent modification – speak more like a native English speaker
- Tracheotomy speaking
- Language disorders – difficulties with using sentences for conversation or difficulties with understanding what you’ve heard
- Developmental delays – late talking children
- Literacy – reading
- Central auditory processing disorders – unable to decipher what you hear when you have perfect hearing
- Feeding issues – picky eating, g-tube feedings, sensory eating
- Tracheotomy feeding
- Cleft palate feeding
- Aphasia – lose your language post stroke
- Adult apraxia
- Genetic disorders as it relates to speech and language
- Deaf & hard of hearing – signing, lip reading, cochlear implants
- Voice disorders – vocal nodules, raspy voice
- Transgender voice
If you have a concern that your baby is not picking up on some things like other children their age, talk to your pediatrician to see if an evaluation is right for you. If your child is school aged, you can talk to their classroom teacher to see if an evaluation would help.
Talk to your primary care physician if you find yourself unable to communicate effectively or if you find yourself forgetting or getting tired when talking a lot. Talk to me if you have any specific questions about any of these issues. We’re all here for you!