Speech Language Pathologist

Nursing & Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Disciplines - Speech Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists may work alone or as part of a team to help individuals of all ages to communicate effectively and to eat and swallow safely. The role of the S-LP is to identify, assess, evaluate, treat, manage, educate and help to prevent language, speech, voice, fluency, cognitive, and other related communication disorders, as well as swallowing problems.

These difficulties may be caused by a variety of health problems including

Referrals to a speech-language pathologist are made by doctors or other health care workers, public health nurses, infant development specialists, teachers, family members or others that are involved in the care of the individual. Self-referrals are also made.

This is an adaptation of information originally developed by the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (Canadian Association) (SAC).


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