The prevention, identification, assessment, and treatment of communication disorders are fundamental areas of clinical practice for audiologists and Speech–Language pathologists. To competently serve persons with communication and swallowing disorders, audiologists and Speech–Language pathologists employ procedures supported by substantial evidence obtained through applied, clinical research. The term treatment means the actions one directs toward others. As used in communication sciences and disorders, treatment refers to providing a beneficial service designed to improve outcomes for individuals with a disorder. The purpose of treatment research is to provide evidence that demonstrates the benefits of the services provided by audiologists and Speech–Language pathologists.

The treatments provided for speech, language, hearing, and swallowing disorders take many forms. Treatment might involve instruction, feedback, and practice to improve current skills, demonstrating strategies to ...

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