SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are certified professionals who are trained to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. A speech and language assessment is conducted by aclinical specialist prior to diagnosis and recommendation for a therapy programs. This assessment is the foundation by which the professional will base therapeutic and treatment approaches. An assessment will consist of meeting with the child and his/her care giver, playing with developmentally appropriate toys, and listening to the child’s sound system. Standardized tests are also performed which typically looks at, at least, five domains: Cognitive, Expressive, communication Receptive communication, Gross motor, and Fine motor.