Professional associations for those who specialize in working with people with communication disabilities have developed over time to address multiple purposes. Membership varies between countries but always includes Speech–Language pathologists (or their equivalent) and may also include audiologists and communication assistants. Although associations vary in their stated goals, they all aim to maintain standards of practice and advocate for the profession. This entry provides an overview of professional associations, including their history, membership, and purpose.


People who have communication disorders have historically received attention to varying degrees by a range of professionals (e.g., medical doctors, psychologists, educators). However, the development of a profession specializing in communication assessment and intervention did not commence until the first and second decades of the 20th century. These developments were ...

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