Speech and language therapy provides life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Therapists help people develop their communication abilities as well as treat speech, languages, swallowing, and voice disorders. Their services include preventions, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation. They treat patients diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Aphasia, Stroke/CVA, Parkinson’s, Dementia, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological impairments. Communication skills are a vitally important aspect of interacting with others, developing relationships, learning, and working. Speech therapy increases a child’s potential for independence and positively impacts their quality of life. Additionally, speech and language pathologists improve functioning of the mouth, jaw and throat muscles (oral motor functioning) that can interfere with not only speech, but also breathing and swallowing.