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What conditions are seen by a speech pathologist?

Speech pathologists work with people who have conditions that cause difficulty with speech (hearing/receiving information or speaking/expressing needs) and swallowing. Common conditions that lead to speech and swallowing difficulty include:

  • hearing loss (deafness or partial hearing loss, congenital or acquired)
  • speech impediments or stuttering
  • tic disorders
  • autism
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • stroke
  • traumatic brain injury
  • dementia
  • oral disease
  • dysphagia (difficulty swallowing; congenital or acquired)
  • odynophagia (pain with swallowing)

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