Better Speech and Hearing Month

May 1, 2018 by Adminibd

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month, but just what does ASHA, SLP, CCC, mean?

Well ASHA stands for American Speech-Language Hearing Association and SLP stands for Speech and Language Pathologist. They hold a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited program, complete a postgraduate clinical fellowship, and pass a national examination to receive their professional credential: the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Did you know?

  • 6-8 million Americans have some form of language impairment  (asha.org)
  • About 1/3 of strokes result in aphasia  (aphasia.org)
  • 1 in 5 Americans have hearing loss in at least 1 ear  (asha.org)
  • At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss  (hearingloss.org)

What do SLP’s do?

  • They figure out what type of language problem exists, determine what is causing it, and decide on the best treatment.
  • They are specifically educated and prepared to evaluate and treat people who have problems with articulation, fluency, voice, eating, and swallowing.
  • They help re-establish reliable, functional communication to assure patients understand the care being provided.
  • They also have in-depth academic preparation, clinical experience, and research-based knowledge to make them an expert provider of swallowing treatment.
  • Safe and efficient swallowing is vital to preventing pneumonia-related deaths, maintaining nutrition well-being, and preserving the pleasures associated with eating.

Celebrate better hearing and speech month and thank your SLP today!

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