Speech-language pathologist

Simplified definition

A health professional who treats people with communication, learning, or feeding issues, and who helps them become more independent.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“Speech-Language Pathologists are autonomous rehabilitation health professionals with specialized knowledge, skills and clinical training in the prevention, screening, identification, assessment, and management of communication and swallowing disorders.”

Source: McMaster University. Speech-Language Pathology. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].


“A speech-language pathologist has many responsibilities. Typically, they evaluate a person’s communication or swallowing abilities, diagnose underlying problems, develop a personal treatment plan, provide therapy, and maintain records to track a person’s progress.”

Source: WebMD. What Is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022].  


  • For example, an SLP can help children who have difficulties in speaking, learning or writing at school, teenagers or adults with communication issues, and elderly people with deteriorating brain functions, as it is the case with Alzheimer disease.


Speech therapist / Speech pathologist



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