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Speech-Language Pathologist

JLO Glossary Term: Speech Language Pathologist

Health professional trained to evaluate and treat people who have voice, speech, language, or swallowing disorders (including hearing impairment) that affect their ability to communicate. Speech-Language Pathologist is also called speech therapist or speech and language therapist. There are several components of speech production as well as of language. The speech production components are: producing sound, phonation, fluency, resonance, voice, pitch etc. Language components are: manipulating sound, phonology, morphology, syntax, constructions of sentences, semantics etc.

Speech-language pathologists are there to help people who have any kind of disabilities when it comes to language or speaking. They help people individually, or in support groups, families etc. They work to asses, prevent and treat any kind of problem in this area. The exact areas of expertise of speech-language pathologists are: they help with problems with memory, attention, solving problems etc; with any kind of speech and language problem; swallowing problem which is mostly common with feeding infants; voice problems which include poor or high volume and sensory awareness.

Speech-language pathologists are in a collaboration with their co-workers. A masters study needs to be finished, in order to work this kind of job. Speech-language pathologists works in different clinical and educational settings.