Speech language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency. Speech language pathologists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly.
Utilize physical, chemical and mechanical means in accordance with the written and signed prescription and/or referral of a state licensed physician or authorized practitioner, in order to evaluate and treat patients.
Evaluate patient using diagnostic muscle, nerve, joint and functional ability tests. Prepare an assessment of the patients condition at the time of the initial evaluation & perform periodic re-evaluations.
Assess/screen patient's daily living/work-related skills and develop therapeutic retraining programs with measurable objectives. Administer and interpret diagnostic and prognostic tests of function to patients in their homes or other settings to assist the physician in evaluating the patients level of function.
Plan and administer prescribed skilled physical therapy treatment and training for patients suffering from various injuries, illnesses and functional disabilities to attain highest level of physical function.