Language and Speech Pathology

Are you or a loved one suffering from a speech or language disorder? Browse our directory of local Speech-Language Pathologist who will be able to help you
overcome speech difficulties.

What Makes a Good Speech-Language Pathologist?

Though all speech-language pathologists have the same goal (helping prevent or correct disorders related to speech, language, voice, swallowing and language fluency), the specialties and methods vary from one pathologist to another. As no two people are the same, these professional differences come in handy when trying to find a speech-language pathologist who meshes well both in personality and method. These differences can make finding the right speech-language pathologist seem like a daunting task, however.

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One of the first things to look for when choosing a speech-language pathologist is the type of credentials. Most speech-language pathologists are required to obtain a graduate degree, however some do practice with only a bachelors degree. It is also possible to research if the speech-language pathologist is licensed with the state and a professional organization.

Many speech-language pathologists also specialize by age groups. Some mostly work with children where others primarily deal with adults. As children and adults learn language differently, it can be helpful to find a pathologist that is used to working with your specific age group.

If you are still unsure about which speech-language pathologist might be right for you, online reviews can be helpful in identifying the top speech-language pathologist or a family doctor may be able to help with a referral.

What is Language and Speech Pathology?

Speech and language problems may arise from a number of sources some present at birth and some acquired after illness or accident. Speech-Language Pathologists routinely work with patients suffering from:

Speech-Language Pathologist are also trained to help individuals suffering from oropharyngeal weakness —weakness in the muscle that disallows proper swallowing—which can put sufferers at risk of asphyxiation due to food and liquids being swallowed incorrectly.

Language and Speech Pathology often begins with both oral and written examinations given by the pathologist to help them diagnosis specific problems. This careful examination allows for personalized therapies to be developed, giving each patient the best chance for success. Often these plans involve regular appointments with the speech-language pathologist and at home exercises to correct improper muscle movement. For those suffering from swallowing disorders, speech-language pathologists are also often licensed to suggest alternate nutrition plans that help reduce the risk of food-related asphyxiation.

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Are you debating between two top speech-language pathologists? Look at the top-ranked graduate schools for speech pathologist to help with your decision.

Would your child benefit from a speech-language pathologist? Children with such problems as this list will generally see improvement with the outside help.

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