A speech-language pathologist helps your child communicate effectively using clear speech sounds and words/sentences to share their thoughts. Your child could find understanding what others are saying challenging; a speech language pathologist can help your child follow directions and respond to questions appropriately. Socially we tell stories, greet others, comment, and ask questions to initiate and maintain a conversation. Your child might find that back-and-forth of social interaction difficult. To communicate we have to organize our thoughts, pay attention, remember, and plan all at the same time. That’s a lot going on just to interact with another human. Hey, let’s throw in feeding and swallowing as well; a speech-language pathologist is a specialist in child development from the neck up.