What is Speech Pathology

Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist.

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What services do speech pathologists provide?

Speech pathologists offer a broad range of services to support people in managing their communication skills and capacity to swallow safely. Examples of the type of work speech pathologists undertake with people are:

  • Providing communication strategies and augmentative or alternative communication devices for a person who cannot communicate verbally
  • Teaching a person who has had a stroke to swallow safely without choking and/or regain their communication skills
  • Helping individuals with voice disorders including difficulties with voice quality, pitch or loudness.