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.