The practice of speech-language pathology includes prevention, diagnosis, habilitation, and rehabilitation of communication, swallowing, or other upper aerodigestive disorders; elective modification of communication behaviors; and enhancement of communication.
Speech-language pathologists serve individuals, families, groups, and the general public through a broad range of professional activities. Speech Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), or Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are allied health professionals.
Health Services employ most SLTs. Other therapists work for education services or charities. Some therapists work independently and treat patients privately. Speech therapists hold certificates to practice following a degree course and clinical training.