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Stuttering: Speech-Language Pathologist - Topic Overview

A speech-language pathologist, also called a speech therapist, helps improve the speech of a child with mild or severe stuttering by using either indirect or direct treatment. Indirect treatment focuses upon evaluating the child and counseling parents. Direct treatment techniques include helping parents and other family members communicate more effectively, helping the child overcome emotional difficulties associated with stuttering, and teaching the child ways to improve speech. The speech-language pathologist closely monitors the child's progress regardless of which treatment is used.

A speech-language pathologist should have:1

  • Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which requires:
    • A master's degree from an accredited university.
    • Successful completion of a national exam.
    • A 1-year supervised internship.
  • State license where he or she practices.
  • Experience in treating stuttering.

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Last Updated: August 13, 2010
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