What does a Speech Language Pathologist do?

Dr. Martino’s lab is focused on one particular area of the Speech-Language Pathologist’s (SLP) practice, dysphagia (swallowing disorders).  SLPs who focus on dysphagia primarily work with patients in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care residences and in the home.

SLPs have specialized training in areas other than swallowing, such as: speech, language, cognition and overall oral-motor function. Therefore, the scope of an SLP’s clinical practice is broad and can include evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of communication and/or swallowing disorders.

In most countries, SLPs must have a minimum of a Master’s degree to practice clinically.

Learn more about what SLPs do on the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada site or on the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario site.



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