Speech-Language Pathologists (S-LPs) are professionals who have training and expertise in evaluating and treating speech production, understanding and use of language, stuttering, voice health and swallowing/feeding disorders in individuals of all ages – from newborns to seniors.
S-LPs work in hospitals, schools, private practices, rehabilitation centres, long term care facilities, universities/colleges, and government. In Newfoundland and Labrador, S-LPs must be licensed in order to practice.
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AREAS OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT
Speech-Language Pathologists Can Help With
Speech Delays And Disorders
- Articulation: How the articulators (e.g., lips, tongue, teeth, palate, etc.) are used to make sounds
- Phonology: Knowledge of how sounds work together in a particular language
- Motor speech: The process of motor programming and speech movements (coordination, timing and/or strength) and includes both motor planning and sensory feedback components
Language Delays And Disorders
- Expressive Language Disorders: Difficulties in communicating a person’s thoughts or needs in words and sentences
- Receptive Language Disorders: Difficulties in understanding or comprehending language (verbal or non-verbal)
- Disruptions of smooth, effortless speech including stuttering and/or cluttering
- Voice and resonance disorders
- Changes and/or abnormalities in vocal pitch (high/low), loudness (loud/soft), degree of nasality and/or vocal quality (breathy, hoarse, strained/strangled)
Swallowing And Feeding Disorders
- Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia): Difficulties with safe and sufficient intake of food and liquid that may result in aspiration (food or liquid entering the lungs), choking and/or malnutrition/dehydration.
- Feeding Disorders: Difficulties with eating certain food groups, textures (solids or liquids) that may lead to insufficient weight gain, inhibited growth or developmental delays in infancy or early childhood.
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