A speech mechanism examination is a diagnostic inspection of anatomical structures and physiological functions necessary for or related to the production of speech and the act of swallowing. This examination is frequently administered to clients undergoing comprehensive speech and language assessment by a Speech–Language pathologist. The purpose of the speech mechanism examination is to identify any structural or functional differences that may contribute to the disruption of speech production or swallowing. A professional administering a speech mechanism examination must therefore be familiar with what is considered to be within a typical range for each evaluated structure and function in order to accurately assess deviations from the norm. The results from a speech mechanism examination can contribute to a diagnosis, serve as a baseline at the ...

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