Speech-Language Pathologists

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Speech-language pathologists, also called speech and language therapists or speech therapists, specialize in the evaluation and treatment of communication problems and swallowing disorders. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about these health care professionals in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients.

Speech therapy involves the treatment of physical or cognitive disorders that cause difficulty with verbal communication. Speech therapy treatments include strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice, and the use of audio-visual aids.

Speech-language pathologists are essential in every health care setting, including acute care, rehabilitation, long-term care, outpatient and home health.

Speech-language pathologists work with stroke victims, individuals with speech disorders such as lisps and stammers, and with the deaf and hearing impaired.

These are a few of the problems a speech therapist can treat:

Articulation: if you have trouble saying certain sounds or words correctly.

Fluency: if you repeat certain sounds, making it hard to complete a word.

Resonance or voice: if people have trouble hearing you.

Language: if you have trouble understanding people when they talk to you or if you have trouble putting words together to express your thoughts, and

Swallowing: when your throat reflexes are impaired and swallowing is difficult.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.