The Role of A Speech Therapist

Commonly know as a Speech Therapist, a speech-language pathologist or SLP, is a certified professional who can help manage and improve communication disorders and issues with swallowing.


The primary aspects of their role are to access the issues around difficulties in speech and to diagnose the type of disorder a child or adult is suffering from. An accurate diagnoses will then better aid the pathologist to tailor a treatment program that best suits that persons needs.

All speech-related conditions can be treated differently, but one issue that is related to them all is that of confidence when talking. As a result of past difficulties, a patient might well have given up on certain words or mannerisms due to others not being able to understand them.

Not only does this cause issue with day to day communications but the psychological blocks it can manifest can also be very debilitating to a person's self-worth. A therapist not only helps to improve the speech performance aspect of a patient's condition but will help them regain their confidence.

Whilst many Speech Therapist works in personal practices , you will also find them in a variety of other locations as they aid people with a language difficulty in everyday life. For example, SLP's are often available within the community such as on hospital words, in clients homes, day care centres, schools and even in the courtroom.

Another key role for a Speech Therapist is that they do not just work with the patient themselves but also with the people in the patient's lives. It is important to remember that whilst speech disorders are treatable and can be improved vastly, it is not always possible to completely rid someone of these difficulties. This is why it is so important that the people caring for and communicating with the patient on a regular basis, also learn how best to adapt to the patient's needs.

For example, a speech therapist can offer advice such as always facing the patient, maintaining eye contact and being in a quieter, brightly lit place where-ever possible. All of these factors can aid in better communication. A speech therapist will also communicate with other health professionals to ensure you always get the best of care in any aspect of your health.

Of course, it is not just the verbal side of things for which a speech therapist might be beneficial. Not only can they help with aspects of confidence, but they can help a patient work to improve their non-verbal communication as well. Body language can influence everyone, but used correctly it can convey more than words. As well as stance, a speech therapist can instruct on how to convey through facial expressions and hand gestures.

Alongside helping patients with disorders and medical issues, Speech Therapist are also able to offer help and advice on public speaking, language improvement, and accent.

For further information and advice about the treatment, speech disorders consult your doctor. This article is not a substitute for medical advice.
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