Role of the Speech Language Pathologist

Speech language pathologists help children develop their communication abilities.  Their services include prevention, identification, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders.

Assessment and treatment of children’s communication problems involve cooperative efforts with others such as parents, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, dentists, and nurses.  Speech language pathologists work with diagnostic and educational evaluation teams to provide comprehensive language and speech assessments for children.

Services to students with communication problems may be provided in individual or small group sessions, in classrooms, or in a consultative model with teachers and parents.  Speech language pathologists integrate students’ communication goals with academic and social goals.  The services speech language pathologists provide can help children overcome their disabilities, achieve pride and self-esteem, and find meaningful roles in their lives (ASHA, 2000).