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What is a speech-language pathologist?

Speech-language pathologists are concerned with the prevention, identification, assessment, treatment and (re)habilitation of communication and/or swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech-language pathologists also provide education and counseling services for people experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties. They work closely with other professionals, sometimes as part of a multidisciplinary team, in providing a coordinated program of care.

The Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Act, 1991 (ASLPA) provides a description of the scope of practice for speech-language pathology in Ontario as follows: The practice of speech-language pathology is the assessment of speech and language functions and the treatment and prevention of speech and language dysfunctions or disorders to develop, maintain, rehabilitate or augment oral motor or communicative functions.


Definition from :  College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario