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What Is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)?
A speech-language pathologist is a licensed health care professional who screens, assesses, diagnoses, and provides treatment to persons with — or at risk for — speech, voice, language, communication, swallowing, and related disabilities. They develop plans and carry out therapy programs to correct or modify the disorder or develop other means of communicating and/or eating. A speech-language pathologist also counsels individuals and families in managing the problem.
Why Use the Services of a SLP?
Anyone at any age can have a speech, swallowing and/or language problem. The earlier the problem is diagnosed and therapy begun, the better the chances of successful treatment. Speech and language development is not a separate function but a continuous process involving every aspect of the individual — intellectual, motor, emotional, and social. Therefore, problems of speech, language, or swallowing may need not only speech and language evaluations, but also Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, medical or psychological evaluations.
When do you need a SLP?
Evaluation or consultation with a speech-language pathologist may be warranted if you have concerns regarding your child’s speech or language development or use in any of the following areas:
Services offered at NAPA Center
Specialized SLP services offered through NAPA include:
Normal Speech and Language Development: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/