What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist works with the full range of communication disorders.

Here are a few of the things that we do…

  • Treat, evaluate and diagnose speech, language, and swallowing disorders in individuals of all ages, from infants to the elderly.
  • Prepare future professionals in colleges and universities.
  • Engage in research to enhance knowledge about human communication processes.
  • Develop new methods and equipment to test and evaluate problems.
  • Establish more effective treatment.
  • Investigate behavioral patterns associated with communication disorders.
  • Consult with staff and parents.
  • Collaborate between evaluation specialists, teachers, and parents.
  • Attend conventions and conferences to learn new techniques and to update previously learned information.
  • Serve home school and private school students.

AND a whole lot more…

We often work as part of a team that may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and others.

Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their clients.

What is an Audiologist?

Communication skills are critical to a successful life for all Americans. Communication disorders greatly affect education, employment, and the well-being of many Americans. However, each day is a challenge for 1 in 6 Americans who have a communication disability, and for their families (1).

  • Do you need to be facing the person that is speaking to you?
  • Do you lose your balance?
  • Is it harder for you to hear your friends and family members?
  • Do you fi nd yourself turning up the volume on the TV or radio?
  • Do you hear a ringing sound in your ears?Do you have any pain or discomfort in your ears?
  • Do you have a family history of hearing loss?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you may want to visit with an audiologist. Did you know that audiologists can assess and treat hearing loss?They also select, fit, and dispense amplification systems such as hearing aids. They can help prevent hearing loss by educating you on ways to protect your hearing.

(1) National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. (2003, June 25). Strategic plan: Plain language version FY 2003-2005.