What does a Speech Therapist do?

Speech Language Therapist Doing Makaton Sign

Speech-Language Therapists work with both children and adults in a variety of settings including in hospitals, and at schools.

Speech-Language Therapists work with people to increase their skills in areas such as:

  • Social Skills
  • Language (e.g. using grammar, vocabulary, understanding instructions and using sentences)
  • Speech clarity
  • Voice quality (e.g. working with people who have vocal nodules)
  • Swallowing
  • Eating a variety of foods (restrictive eating patterns)
  • Fluency (e.g. stuttering)
  • Using alternative methods for communication (Augmentative and Alternative Communication such as using signs or pictures to communicate).

Speech-Language Therapists may work both directly with the client, and with the client’s communication partners to achieve the best outcomes. No two clients are the same, so Speech-Language Therapy is always tailored to each specific client.

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