Speech therapy assists people of all ages with verbal and non verbal speech, language as well as feeding issues. This therapy service can occur in various settings such as schools, hospitals (in and out patient), private practice, and even in a person’s home.
What is a Speech Therapist?
Speech Therapy is performed by a professional with minimum of a master’s level degree. These professionals are either a speech therapist, speech pathologist, or speech-language pathologist. Most states require speech therapists to be licensed. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA.org) oversees the performance of this discipline in the US by setting ethical standards and by offering continuing education courses. In 2010 ASHA membership totaled more than 145,000 – of which approximately 97 percent were females.