Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

What is the role of a Speech-Language Pathologist?

A speech-language pathologist is a university-educated, allied health professional that has expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communication disorders, voice disorders and swallowing disorders. Speech pathologists often work in a team with other health professionals. They can work in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, clinics, private practice and many others. Here at St. Cloud ENT, the SLP specializes in voice and swallowing difficulties.

Our SLP will likely evaluate the following categories:

  • The nerves and muscles that are used for communication and swallowing
  • Physical ability to swallow and produce speech/voice  
  • The rate, rhythm, and articulation of speech 
  • Voice quality 

How to Prepare for a Speech Evaluation

1. Schedule an Appointment

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 customized treatment plan with clear objectives and milestones. 

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. Patient-focused therapy is only an appointment away. Contact our team today to schedule an appointment.

Call St. Cloud Ear, Nose & Throat for more information or to schedule an appointment. (320) 252-0233