Speech-Language Pathology

Friday, August 09, 2013

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication and swallowing disorders in patients. Dr. Edward Hill discusses more about this field in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Speech-language pathology is a broad field and continues to offer many opportunities.

Speech-language pathologists, or SLPs, in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit help with feeding issues. Early Interventionists aid with speech and language development of 3-5 year olds. SLPs in the schools strive to keep children with speech and language issues from lagging behind academically.

In the medical field, speech-language pathologists work with patients that have lost communication skills as the result of strokes, brain injuries or brain tumors. Swallowing difficulty, or dysphagia, can affect the quality of ones life. Voice problems can also cause distress when trying to communicate with a persistently hoarse voice.

Many neurological diseases affect the ability to communicate. Head and neck cancer patients often suffer severe swallowing issues after cancer treatment.

Since people of any age can find themselves in need of speech-language pathology services, work settings offer many choices for career opportunities.

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