"Communication and speech are vital, especially for members of Congress whose professional lives are so public. In cases like Rep. Giffords', successful speech therapy can depend on several factors. They include the nature of the brain injury, the availability of medical treatment at the time of the injury, the support of family and friends, and time." —Dr. Paul Rao
Paul R. Rao, PhD, CCC-SLP on Representative Giffords' Care
About Dr. Rao
Dr. Rao, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Vice President of In-Patient Operations and Compliance at National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, DC. He is also Visiting Professor, Department of Hearing & Speech Sciences, at the University of Maryland.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.
Kimberly O'Sullivan, ASHA Public Relations Manager, office: 301-296-8715, cell: 301-987-8420 or e-mail at kosullivan@ashaorg