Speech and Language Therapy

Speech-language pathology professionals (speech-language pathologists (SLPs); informally, speech therapists) specialize in communication disorders as well as swallowing disorders.

The components of speech production include: phonation, producing sound; resonance; 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.