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Comité Permanent de Liaison des Orthophonistes-Logopèdes de l’UE

Standing Liaison Committee of E.U. Speech and Language Therapists and Logopedists

Speech and Language Therapy


Speech and language therapy

These three terms cover the same concept in all countries, with small differences in individual countries reflected in areas of competence or professional practice.

Definition and areas of competence

Speech Language Pathology and Logopaedics is both a scientific domain and an autonomous profession. As a science, it is at the intersection of medical, linguistic, educational and psychological sciences and focuses on etiology, assessment* and intervention** of communication and swallowing disorders***.
*including screening, identification, evaluation, and diagnosis
** including promotion, prevention, counselling, treatment, consultation, management, (re-)habilitation and education
*** see professional profile of the logopedist, definition of the logopedist, and role & function of the logopedist in “CPLOL, 1988-1998, 10 Years of Activity” 
To see the Professional Profile, please go to Documents 


Speech and language therapists / logopedists provide treatment in the following areas:
  • disorders of articulation
  • speech disorders
  • voice disorders (with a functional cause, as a result of trauma or organic, developmental or acquired)
  • spoken language disorders
  • written language disorders (dyslexia, dysorthographia, dysgraphia)
  • disorders affecting mathematical and logical reasoning
  • early education and therapy for a variety of disabilities in young children
  • teaching of lip-reading to people who have developed a hearing impairment
  • teaching deaf children to speak, and language therapy for people with acquired hearing impairment
  • aphasia therapy and other speech and language disorders with a neurological origin
  • feeding and swallowing therapy
  • therapy for disorders affecting the Eustachian tube

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