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- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Adult Speech and Language." https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/adultsandl/.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Child Speech and Language." https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/childsandl/.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Dysarthria." https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/dysarthria/.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Speech-Language Pathologists." https://www.asha.org/Students/Speech-Language-Pathologists/.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Swallowing Disorders in Adults." https://www.asha.org/public/speech/swallowing/Swallowing-Disorders-in-Adults/.
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Who Are Speech-Language Pathologists, and What Do They Do?" https://www.asha.org/public/who-are-speech-language-pathologists/.
- National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. "Developmental Language Disorder." https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/developmental-language-disorder#7.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. "What Speech-Language Pathologists Do." https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/speech-language-pathologists.htm#tab-2.
Speech therapy quiz
True or false?
Speech-language pathologists treat a wide variety of communication and swallowing problems. How much do you know about the many types of disorders speech therapy can address?
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True or false: Speech-language pathologists work only in outpatient settings.
FALSE. Speech-language pathologists work in many settings. You might find them in grade schools, colleges and universities, private practices, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals.
True or false: Speech therapy is mainly helpful for children.
FALSE. Speech-language pathologists work with people of all ages to treat many types of communication and swallowing problems, including:
- Learning disabilities involving reading, spelling and writing.
- Voice, language and swallowing disorders caused by problems like stroke, cancer or brain injury.
True or false: Speech therapy might help someone who has autism interact socially with others.
TRUE: All people with autism have social communication problems. Speech-language pathologists can educate and train them how to greet others and ask questions; speak in ways appropriate to the listener and setting; and follow social norms for conversation, like taking turns at talking or how close to stand to someone while conversing.
True or false: Speech-language pathologists help people learn to swallow food.
TRUE: A swallowing disorder can lead to problems like poor nutrition and weight loss. Speech-language pathologists can help people learn to manage swallowing problems (called dysphagia) in order to suck, chew and swallow food and liquid properly.
True or false: Speech therapy can help with how your voice sounds.
TRUE: Speech-language pathologists address a variety of voice problems. If you sound hoarse or lose your voice easily, speech therapy can help. Speech-language pathologists can also address other voice issues like talking too loudly, talking through your nose or being unable to make sounds.
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