A speech-language pathologist or speech pathologist, also known as a speech therapist, is a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating speech, language, and communication disorders in individuals of all ages. They also help people with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).
Speech-language pathologists (speech pathologist) work with individuals who have difficulty with speech, such as those with stuttering, or who have difficulty with language, such as those with aphasia (an inability to use or understand language).
They also work with individuals who have speech sound disorders, such as those with articulation problems, and those with voice disorders, such as those with hoarseness.
Speech-language pathologists use a variety of techniques, including therapy sessions, to help individuals improve their speech, language, and communication skills.
They may also work with individuals to help them improve their swallow function, and provide training on alternative communication methods, such as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, for individuals who are unable to speak.
Speech-language pathologists typically work in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, private practices, and other healthcare facilities. They collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, teachers, and occupational therapists, to provide comprehensive care to their patients