Speech pathologists study, diagnose and treat communication disorders, including difficulties with speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. They work with people who have difficulty communicating because of developmental delays, stroke, brain injuries, learning disability, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, dementia and hearing loss, as well as other problems that can affect speech and language. People who experience difficulties swallowing food and drink safely can also be helped by a speech pathologist. Watch the video: What is a Speech Pathologist?
Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) has a range of fact sheets on a number of important topics including the role of a speech pathologist and the specific communication difficulties they treat.