A Speech Pathologist (also known as a 'speech therapist' or 'speech-language pathologist') is a university-trained professional with expertise and experience in the area of communication. In Queensland, Speech Pathologists must be registered with the Speech Pathologists' Board of Qld. Speech pathologists can work with children and adults and work in a variety of settings including schools, community organisations, private organisations and government health departments. The benefit of accessing private speech pathology services is that you will not be placed on a long waiting list and your child will be able to access services for as long as you and the speech pathologist feel is necessary. Certain private speech pathologists also have areas of special interest/expertise which may suit the needs of your child. Finally, private speech pathology provides you with the choice of which therapist is best for your child.