What does a speech pathologist do?
Most people think speech pathologists work solely on improving your speech. This can mean working with you as a child or as an adult to help you overcome a lisp or stutter.
However, speech pathologists can help with a much broader range of conditions, including:
- communication difficulties after a stroke or brain injury
- swallowing difficulties
- neurological conditions affecting speech such as Parkinson’s Disease
- voice disorders.
What to expect
- A thorough individual assessment to identify your communication or swallowing issues, which may include a videofluroscopy (a swallow x-ray) to further assess swallowing difficulties
- Diagnosis and development of a treatment plan taking into account your personal goals
- Education and advice
- Collaboration with your doctor and specialist as needed