An individual who has a graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) in speech/language pathology. After successful completion of the CFY (clinical fellowship year), a speech pathologist may work behaviorally with a wide variety of conditions that affect breathing, voice, and swallowing. Some speech pathologists are generalists, potentially working within the same day with: a child whose speech is not clear; a person who is trying to recover clear speech after a stroke; a singer with [intlink id=”653″ type=”post”]vocal nodules[/intlink]; and an elderly person who is aspirating when she swallows. A speech pathologist’s activities may be divided between evaluation (including by use of the videofluoroscopic swallowing study or [intlink id=”624″ type=”post”]videostroboscopy[/intlink] to assess the voice) and therapy or treatment – teaching and coaching the patient in ways that improve their voice, breathing, and swallowing. At BVI, our speech pathologist is [intlink id=”503″ type=”post”]singing voice qualified[/intlink], working nearly exclusively with voice and breathing disorders. Adjunct speech pathologists from Good Samaritan Hospital are typically involved with our patients who have swallowing disorders.
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