Speech Pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice.
Speech Pathologists work with people who have difficulty communicating because of diagnosis’ such as Autism, developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other diagnosis’ that can affect speech and language. They can also help people who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely.
Some reasons that an adult or child may require speech pathology includes;
- Difficulties articulating/pronouncing words correctly
- Memory decline or deficits
- Difficulties in social situations
- Difficulties with reading, writing or spelling
- Vocal changes – voice is too soft, hurts to talk, strain in muscles of the neck
- Difficulties following directions or understanding what others are saying
- Your child is a later talker – limited use of words by 1.5-2 years old