Speech-language pathologists, also called speech therapists, help identify, evaluate and treat disorders related to speech and language. In many cases, these disorders occur during childhood and unlike popular belief, rarely improve without treatment. This includes stuttering and stammering, improper articulation, language delays and voice disorders related to modulation and tone (such as a pitch that is too high or too low).

Often, people assume children and even adults with these problems have learning disabilities—a label that can severely alter an individual’s education, career, confidence and self-worth. By screening and working with children early, speech, language and even hearing disorders can be corrected. This enables each child to participate more actively in class and develop vital communication skills needed for life. But speech therapy can be beneficial at any age, so don’t let the years keep you from reclaiming the power of communication.