As we celebrate Better Speech and Hearing Month, let’s breakdown what speech-language pathologists or speech therapists do each day. Many believe speech-language pathologists work to teach someone how to talk, and while this is true, it is only a small portion of what the broader profession provides to enrich and improve the lives of our patients and clients.

Speech-language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, voice, social communication, cognitive-communicative and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Based on findings, speech-language pathologists create treatment plans tailored to patient needs and circumstances.

The versatility of the field is part of what makes it so fulfilling for many of our team members. Our organization welcomes patients that may have speech articulation issues, cognitive deficits, voice quality problems or aphasia.

Treatments range from modifying a patient’s diet to prevent aspiration, prescribing a speech-generating device or teaching memory strategies to maximize functional safety and independence.

From the pastor who wishes to return to the pulpit with a clear voice, the teenager who hopes to speak in front of his Spanish class with minimal to no stuttering, the family who wants to discuss the impact of dementia and obtain information about necessary supervision for their grandmother, the young attorney who hopes her aphasia following stroke will not prevent a return to the courtroom someday soon and the 10-year-old with autism who is finally able to use words to convey his feelings and introduce himself to a friend, speech-language pathologists strive to improve function and overall quality of life for our patients.

We are so excited to celebrate this incredible work this month!

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Rebecca McGuire, M.A., CCC-SLP, CBIS

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