Speech-Language Pathologists provide a wide range of services, mainly on an individual basis, but also as support for individuals, families, support groups, and providing information for the general public. Speech services begin with initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders and continue with assessment and diagnosis, consultation for the provision of advice regarding management, intervention and treatment, and provision counseling and other follow up services for these disorders.
Speech-Language Pathologists collaborate with other health care professionals often working as part of a multidisciplinary team, providing referrals to audiologists and others; providing information to health care professionals (including doctors,nurses,occupational therapists, dietitians),educators,behavior consultants (applied behavior analysis) and parents as dictated by the individual client's needs.
In relation to Auditory Processing Disorders,collaborating in the assessment and providing intervention where there is evidence of speech, language, and/or other cognitive-communication disorders.
The treatment for patients with cleft lip and palate has an obvious interdisciplinary character. The speech therapy outcome is even better when the surgical treatment is performed earlier.