What does a speech-language pathologist do?

When you hear the terms “speech-language pathologist” or “speech therapy,” do you think “Oh, they help kids with lisps”? If so, you are partially right! However, articulation disorders, such as lisps, usually make up a very small percentage of our caseloads. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat not only speech and language disorders, but cognitive-communication, fluency, voice, feeding, and swallowing disorders in both children and adults.  

At Catalyst Therapies, Carli and Kelsey work with people across the lifespan. Carli specializes in working with adults with disorders such as dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), aphasia (language disorder commonly experienced by people who have suffered strokes), and swallowing disorders. Within a few months, she will also be working with with babies needing feeding therapy.

Kelsey works mostly with children experiencing all forms of communication disorders; this could be articulation, language, social skills, fluency (stuttering or cluttering), auditory and language processing, and literacy. Kelsey is also now accepting adults interested in accent modification training and transgender adults and children who are interested in voice therapy (see the “services” tab for more information).

At Catalyst Therapies, we believe in a holistic, collaborative approach to therapy; we work with other therapists (physical, occupational, counselors, etc), physicians, caregivers, teachers, and loved ones in order to reach the client’s full potential quickly!