What does a Speech Pathologist do? Speech language pathologists work with people of all ages who are experiencing difficulty or changes in their speech sound production (articulation or motor speech), language expression (speaking), language comprehension (understanding), voice, cognition (thinking skills), or swallow function.
When a patient comes to see you, what information should they bring? Medical history that led to the speech therapy referral, and notes from any previous speech therapy intervention.
What are three questions patients should consider asking during their visit? What activities can be done at home to improve my communication or swallow function?
What is the largest misconception you think patients have about speech therapy? I think the number one misconception is that speech therapy is only for those having difficulty with their speech such as slurring of words or difficulty producing certain speech sounds.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give patients to improve their overall health? Stay as active as possible, including exercising the brain through activities such as playing cards, reading, talking about news stories with family or a friend, and socializing.
If folks wanted additional health information about speech therapy, what are some available resources? ASHA.org or call the speech therapy department.