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What Is SLP?

What Is SLP?: FAQ

The field of Speech-Language Pathology, or speech therapy, covers an increasingly wide range of clinical areas. In a nutshell, Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs, or speech therapists) work with people who have difficulty with communication and/or eating and swallowing. SLPs work in a variety of settings (e.g. schools, hospitals, private clinics, and in homes), and with people of all ages (from newborns to the elderly). Below is a brief description of the different areas where an SLP can help.

Speech - Pronunciation/articulation of sounds, words, and sentences.

Language - Whether oral or written (reading and writing), comprehension or expression.

Voice - Refers to vocal quality, pitch, intonation, etc. 

Cognitive-communication - Communication impairments related to underlying cognitive difficulty, where cognition refers to attention/concentration, memory, and executive functioning (Planning/organising, problem solving/reasoning, decision making, etc.)

Fluency - Stuttering and cluttering.

Eating & swallowing - Refers to chewing and managing/swallowing foods and liquids, as well as other mealtime behaviours.

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