Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones.
The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are Speech-Language Pathologists. Speech-Language Pathologists can also diagnose and treat individuals with dysphagia (swallowing disorder) (ASHA.org).
The purpose of speech and language therapy is to identify and provide treatment for individuals who have difficulty speaking, understanding language, or using language. Speech-Language Pathologists also identify and treat individuals with dysphagia. Communication and/or swallowing disorders can be developmental or acquired in nature.