The role of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) involves the assessment, diagnosis and intervention of language, communication and speech difficulties. SLPs work with children who present a delay in language, have unintelligible speech, candidates of a cleft lip and/or palate and individuals with dysfluency. SLPs target communication disorders as well as feeding and swallowing difficulties.
SLPs provide a communicative tool for the child to express his/her needs, through the use of gestures, speech, pictures and technological devices. Moreover, SLPs work on the child’s vocabulary and play skills because these form a significant part in the pre-language development. Children or adults with hearing and/or voice difficulties may also benefit from Speech and Language services. In other words, SLPs work with individuals across all ages.