Primary care and referring physicians can play an instrumental role in helping patients' families understand the necessity of developing communication skills in activities of daily living, including the development of social relationships after a diagnosis of a communication or feeding / swallowing disorders.  Likewise, residents, medical students and others preparing for the role of healthcare provider can benefit from a basic understanding of the role of speech-language pathologists and how they assist patients and families in evaluating, identifying and treating patients with communication or feeding / swallowing disorders.

Below are some handouts for professionals that describe a variety of diagnoses and interventions that have a speech-language component.