Speech-Language Pathologists, also called SLPS, are health professionals who identify, diagnose and treat communications and swallowing disorders. SLPs treat problems with:
- Speech sounds - how we say sounds and put sounds together in words.
- Language - how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking, in verbal and non-verbal contexts.
- Fluency - how well speech flows, also called stuttering.
- Voice - how our voices sound.
- Feeding and swallowing - how well we suck, chew and swallow food and liquid.
- Cognitive-communicative disorders - includes social communication skills, reasoning, problem solving and executive functions.
- Pre-literacy & literacy skills - how well we read and write. Includes phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension and writing.