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Better Speech and Hearing Month

May 1, 2018 by Adminibd

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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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