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What is Speech Therapy?

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Updated July 16, 2009

Definition: Speech therapy is conducted by a speech therapist, who is trained to diagnose disorders of speech and communication, swallowing and more. Speech therapy may be recommended for children who are developmentally delayed in communication, people who have difficulties swallowing and/or are inadvertently inhaling food into their lungs, or people who have had laryngeal cancer or other disorders of the throat that have impaired their language abilities. Speech therapy can also be used as a method of voice coaching for people who have damaged their vocal cords.
Also Known As: speech pathology
Examples:
My doctor recommended speech therapy to treat my vocal cord cyst.
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