Speech-Language Pathologists are health care professionals that understand communication disorders. This includes understanding normal and abnormal brain development, function and structure, and how disease affects speech. Speech-language pathologists use this knowledge to develop, maintain, rehabilitate and increase speech and language skills.
Some disorders treated by speech-language pathologists include:
Reading disorders: Difficulties understanding and recognizing words, matching letters to their sounds or reading fluently.
Writing disorders: Difficulties with expressing thoughts, organizing work and spelling.
Language disorders: Difficulties with reading, writing, speaking or understanding language due to brain trauma, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, stroke, disease or cognitive disorders.
Using speech and language therapy, Speech-language pathologists work in hospitals, clinics and schools. Some of the services they provide include:
In Ontario, “Speech-Language Pathologist” is a regulated profession subject to the practice standards, code of ethics and health and safety standards defined by the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.
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