SLP: Maximizing the Skills of Your Speech Language Pathologist

Arete Rehab is redefining successful aging.

Arete Rehab is redefining successful aging.

A Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is a highly skilled medical professional who works to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

Organizations don’t often realize the potential they have in their SLP departments!  An SLP can work with dietary staff to identify finger foods appropriate for a patient in order to maintain nutrition and avoid weight loss.  They can educate nursing staff on the signs of aspiration to help prevent pneumonia and readmissions to the hospital.

Also, SLP’s can help in the reduction of falls by determining the safety awareness/cognition of a patient.  Did you hear that??  You can minimize weight loss, reduce readmissions to the hospital, and prevent falls by utilizing the SLP department!!

So is your organization utilizing your Speech Therapy department to the fullest???  Here is an infographic to shed some light on what SLP’s can do, but it is by no means an exhaustive list.