We are experiencing exceptionally high volumes in our emergency rooms.
Every patient is important to us, and we are doing all we can to provide care quickly and efficiently.
Skip to main content
Go to homepage

Print Page

Health Care Providers: Speech Therapists

What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech-language therapy (also called speech-language pathology) is therapy that helps people with speech and language problems.

What Is a Speech Therapist?

Speech-language pathologists — also called speech therapists — are licensed professionals who diagnose and treat problems with speech and communication. Speech therapists can work in schools, hospitals, or specialty clinics.

Why Would Someone Need One?

Speech therapists help kids who have trouble communicating. This can be due to many different problems, including:

Speech therapists provide services such as:

  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) (help for children who need other ways to communicate)
  • development of oral feeding skills (for kids with feeding/swallowing problems)
  • parental involvement in therapy (through at-home activities)
  • sign language education

What Is Their Training?

Speech therapists have training that includes:

  • 4 years at a college or university to earn a bachelor’s degree (typically in communication sciences and disorders)
  • a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from a program in speech-language therapy
  • more than 1,500 hours of clinical experience in the field to earn a state-level speech pathology certification

Good to Know

Speech-language therapy also can help kids who have problems with reading. For example, it can help kids with dyslexia learn the different specific sounds in letters and words, which can improve reading comprehension skills and make reading more fun.

Reviewed by: KidsHealth Medical Experts
Date Reviewed: Sep 5, 2022

Lea este articulo en Español

What next?

Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
There are 10 nurses in the picture.

And we have many more pediatric primary care providers in Northeast Ohio. You can meet some of them here.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The five differences are:
– Phone color
– Coat pocket
– Stethoscope earpiece color
– Stethoscope bell dot
– Clipboard paper color

Need help finding a doctor, choosing a location or getting a general question about Akron Children's answered? Call us or fill out the form and we'll help in any way we can.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The two matching doctors are 9 and 14.

With virtual visits, you can see our pediatric experts from the comfort of home or wherever you are.
Summit Mall Play Area
Answer Key:
Click to expand
The correct path:
The Correct Path
We offer many ways to get pediatric care all over Northeast Ohio. Use this page to find the right kind of care and the most convenient location for you.