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THE ROLE OF A SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Speech-language pathologist:

A specialist sometimes called a speech therapist or speech pathologist with a role to assess, diagnose, treat and help prevent speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related disorders. Speech pathologists usually have an M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. in their specialty, as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) earned by working under supervision. Some states in the US also require a state license.

Nature of the Work:

A speech-language pathologist works with a full range of communication disorders including the following:

• Evaluate and diagnose speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders. A variety of qualitative and quantitative assessment methods are utilized including standardized tests, and other special instruments, in order to analyze and diagnose the nature and extent of speech, language and other impairments.

• Treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders in individuals of all levels, from infancy to the elderly, utilizing an individualized plan with both long-term goals and short-term goals established for each individual’s needs.

• Clinical services may be provided individually or within groups, depending upon the work site and individual’s diagnosis and needs. Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a “team”, which may include teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. There are also corporate speech-language pathologists who work with employees to improve communication with their customers.

 

Clients Served at Integrative Physical Therapy:

Our Speech-language pathologist works with a variety of clients including but not limited to:

• Individuals who stutter.

• Individuals with voice disorders

• Individuals with difficulty swallowing

• Hearing impaired individuals

• Individuals who have a stroke, head injury, head and neck cancer, neurological disorder, or any
other injury/disorder that affects speech, language, cognition, or swallowing.

• Individuals who wish to modify their accent.

                                                                                                                                   Adopted from asha.org

In addition to the specifics noted above a Speech Pathologist can also work with patients to improve their memory. This can be helpful in patients with diagnosis such as Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.  Another patient population we work with often is post operative cervical patients. Most often the patient is post-operative after a Cervical Fusion.  It is not uncommon after this surgery to have difficulty swallowing and/or a risk for scar tissue and adhesions.

If you think you might be a candidate for or have questions regarding Speech Therapy we would be happy to discuss this with you. Simply call or email our office using the contact information above and we will be happy to provide you with more specific information. If you are a provider looking to refer a patient or a patient wanting your provider to refer to us please click below for our referral.

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