What should I do if I think that my child may have a speech, language, or hearing problem?
If you think your child may have a speech, language, or hearing problem, you can contact an ASHA-certified:
- Audiologist - audiologists specialize in prevention, diagnosis, identification, and non-medical treatment of individuals with hearing loss and balance disorders.
- Speech-language pathologist - speech-language pathologists (SLPs) help people develop their communication abilities as well as treat speech, languages, swallowing, and voice disorders. Their services include prevention, identification, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists who are certified by ASHA have completed their master's or doctoral degree and earned ASHA's Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC).
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work in many different types of facilities:
- colleges and universities
- home health
- nursing care facilities
- private practices
- public and private schools
- rehabilitation centers
- state and federal government agencies
- state and local health departments
To contact a speech-language pathologist or audiologist, visit ASHA's Find a Professional.