What Does a Speech-Language Pathologist Do?
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate a patient’s speech, language, cognitive, communication and swallowing skills in order to diagnose a speech disorder.
The SLP will likely evaluate the following categories:
- Understanding and use of different words.
- Correct use of words.
- Incorrectly formed sentences.
- Use of language for different purposes.
- Pronunciation of speech sounds.
- Physical ability to produce speech.
- Voice quality.
- Fluency or smooth flow of speech.
- Fine motor skills.
How to Prepare for a Speech Evaluation
1. Schedule an Appointment
Both children and adults experiencing issues with their voice or speech can benefit from a speech-language pathologist visit. Early treatment is key to preventing problems down the road so scheduling an appointment at the first sign of trouble is crucial to long-term success.
2. Discuss Your Concerns
After completing the required paperwork, you and your speech-language pathologist will review your medical history and discuss your concerns related to speech, language, social or feeding difficulties.
3. Complete an Assessment
Depending on the age of the patient and the specific concerns, a speech-language pathologist may perform a number of assessments, including play-based activities or more structured tests.
4. Review a Treatment Plan
Personal goals, history and assessment results will be used to craft a custom-made treatment plan with clear objectives and expectations.
Every person’s speech needs are unique to them. Our customized treatment plans work with each individual’s comfort and ability levels. Progress goals are determined together and are adjustable.
Call Albany ENT & Allergy Services at (518) 701-2085 for more information or to schedule an appointment.