College of Healthcare Sciences Speech Pathology
Speech pathologists are trained health professionals who assess, diagnose, treat and manage people with communication and swallowing difficulties. They provide information and education to the patient, their families, and other health professionals. Speech pathologists also advocate for their clients to ensure they are provided with the best possible services.
Speech pathologists work with people of all ages who experience disorders of communication and swallowing, from newborn babies, through early childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and to the late stages of life. Communication disorders include difficulties with speech, language, reading, writing, signs, symbols, gestures, and the social conventions for how we interact with each other.A person who has difficulty swallowing food and/or drink has a swallowing disorder.