Ask an Expert: Why Do I Need Speech Therapy If I Can Talk Fine?

Question: Why do I need speech therapy if I can talk fine?

Answer: Though our title of Speech-Language Pathologist suggests we focus on speech only, our scope of practice is much broader!

In addition to speech and language, SLPs assess and treat swallowing disorders and cognitive-linguistic impairments. Swallowing treatment addresses difficulty chewing and swallowing, and can include instruction in exercise, diet texture analysis, and training for compensatory techniques. Cognitive-linguistic treatment addresses changes in cognitive function and may include training in techniques to enhance memory, orientation, problem solving, and executive function skills.

Lisa Pinnell, CCC-SLP