Speech Pathology - North Carolina Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat

Speech Pathology

Speech-Language Pathologists treat a wide range of problems in infants, children, adolescents and adults.

You Might Use the Services of a Speech-Language Pathologist for a Child if:

  • You have difficulty understanding what the child is trying to say
  • You think the child is speaking differently from children of the same age
  • The child has difficulty telling you what he or she wants
  • The child has difficulty understanding what people are saying

Parents of Infants May Seek Help From a Speech Pathologist if:

  • The child has difficulty with early feeding skills including bottle and breast feeding
  • The child is not transitioning through normal stages of feeding
  • The child is transitioning from tube to oral feedings
  • The child has inadequate weight gain or is diagnosed as failure to thrive

Adolescents and Adults May Need The Services of a Speech Pathologist if:

  • They experience voice problems including persistent hoarseness, a change in vocal quality or loss of voice
  • They experience academic problems including listening, memory, reading or difficulty retrieving information from memory
  • They experience a change in swallowing function and have a physician referral for swallowing assessment

What Can I Expect to Happen During a Session With a Speech-Language Pathologist?

If an evaluation indicates that therapy is needed, the Speech-Language Pathologist will work with the patient to design a program of activities to improve the targeted areas of speech, language, feeding, or voice disorder.

Home-based carryover activities are often recommended to maximize the impact of intervention.

Speech Pathology Referral Form Speech Pathology Referral Form (95 KB)