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Communication Disorders: Treatment

Any disorder that affects one’s ability to communicate, affecting the areas of hearing, language, or speech, may require treatment. Treatment, or intervention, will be specific to the cause of the disorder and the needs of the individual. Professionals who are experts in the treatment of communication disorders include audiologists and speech-language pathologists.

Specific treatment for communication disorders is determined by the individual’s doctor, the speech-language pathologist, the audiologist, educational professionals, and medical professionals. The following factors influence treatment decisions: (a) the individual’s age, overall health, and medical history; (b) the type of disorder; (c) the extent of the disorder; (d) expectations for the course of the disorder; (e) the opinion or preference of the individual and/or family members; and (f) the individual’s tolerance for specific therapies. ...

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