Stuttering: Speech-Language Pathologist

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Stuttering: Speech-Language Pathologist

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A speech-language pathologist, also called a speech therapist, helps improve the speech of a child with mild or severe stuttering by using either indirect or direct treatment. Indirect treatment focuses upon evaluating the child and counselling parents. Direct treatment techniques include helping parents and other family members communicate more effectively, helping the child overcome emotional difficulties associated with stuttering, and teaching the child ways to improve speech. The speech-language pathologist closely monitors the child's progress regardless of which treatment is used.

A speech-language pathologist may be certified by the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Some provinces also require that the speech-language pathologist be registered by the provincial association, which serves as a regulatory body for the profession of speech-language pathology.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert M. Kroll, BsC, MSc, PhD - Speech Pathology
Last Revised September 28, 2010

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