Speech-Language Pathologist

The speech pathologist works with patients who have problems expressing and understanding language, as well as patients who have swallowing disorders.

Speech pathology may involve the evaluation and treatment of language skills such as:
  • Auditory comprehension
  • Verbal expressions
  • Reading and writing skills
Speech skills such as:
  • Articulation (precision/coordination)
  • Voicing
  • Fluency
Cognitive-linguistic skills such as:
  • Attention
  • Orientation
  • Memory
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning
  • Organization
  • Executive functioning
Swallowing therapy may involve modifying the consistency of food or liquid, and teaching the patient and family special techniques and exercises to compensate for swallowing deficits, which allows him or her to eat and/or drink safely.