Speech language pathologists provide a wide range of services, mainly on an individual basis, but also as support for families. Speech services begin with an initial screening for communication and swallowing disorders. If the patient is identified as needing speech services, an order will be obtained by a physician. The patient will then be assessed and a plan of treatment will be created based on the individual needs of the patient. Family education, counseling, and progress towards goals will be given continuously throughout the recovery process.