Speech-Language Pathology


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Speech-language pathology is a field of expertise practiced by a clinician known as a Speech-language pathologist (SLP), also called speech and language therapist,<ref name=Brady2012>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> or speech therapist, who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders.

The components of speech production include: phonation, producing sound; resonance; fluency; intonation, variance of pitch; and voice, including aeromechanical components of respiration. The components of language include: phonology, manipulating sound according to the rules of a language; morphology, understanding and using minimal units of meaning; syntax, constructing sentences by using languages' grammar rules; semantics, interpreting signs or symbols of communication to construct meaning; and pragmatics, social aspects of communication.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=citation }}</ref>

Swallowing disorders includes oropharyngeal and functional dysphagia in adults and children and feeding disorders in children and infants.

Speech-language pathology sections
Intro   The Speech-Language Pathology profession    Methods of assessment    Clients and patients requiring speech and language pathology services   See also   References    Further reading    External links   

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