Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients. They treat speech and language disorders and work with individuals of all ages. They diagnose and evaluate speech problems, such as fluency (stuttering), articulation, voice disorders as well as language problems, such as aphasia and delayed language and related disorders, such as dysphagia (swallowing difficulties).
Speech therapists in schools:
* Help individuals learn correct production and use of speech sounds
* Assist individuals who stutter to increase the amount of fluent speech and to cope with their disorder
* Assist children and adolescents with language problems, such as understanding and giving directions, answering and asking questions, understanding and using English grammar, using appropriate social language, and conveying ideas to others
In general, speech therapists help students communicate more effectively with others in order to be more successful in school and in life.