Speech-language pathologist - Definition

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A speech-language pathologist is primarily an outpatient care professional who specializes in speech-language pathology, that is to say the therapy of different disorders of spoken and written communication. Difficulties in correctly pronouncing sounds and of articulation are often associated with vocal organ damage (genetic malformation, various diseases), particularly to the larynx and vocal cords. As for learning difficulties involving reading and writing, these can be due to brain lesions or disorders such as dyslexia. Many speech disorders can be cured or at least improved through specific exercises performed with the help of a speech-language pathologist.