Speech & Language


A speech and language pathologist is a health professional with advanced training in the area of communication and related disorders. Speech and language therapy is used to habilitate or rehabilitate all areas of a person’s communication abilities. Areas commonly targeted by a speech and language pathologist include: receptive language (how one understands language and follows directions), expressive language (how one uses language to communicate), articulation (the production of sounds to formulate words), fluency, voice (the quality of the vocal output), and, auditory processing, pragmatic (social) language, and feeding and swallowing. These areas of need can arise from a variety of disabilities including autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, speech impairment, language impairment, stroke, or traumatic brain injury.