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A speech therapist is a specialist with training
in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of
speech, voice, and language disorders who works
with people, unable to make speech sounds or cannot
make them clearly. They also work with people
who stutter, have fluency and rhythm problems,
inappropriate pitch, or harsh voice and speech
The most widespread and obvious speech disorder
is stuttering, often caused by anxiety. The speech
therapist sets up a program of speech exercises
to reduce the disability, and if necessary, enlists
the aid of a psychologist or psychiatrist. Other
disorders may result from hearing loss, stroke,
cerebral palsy, mental disability, or brain injury.
Speech therapists keep careful records on the
evaluation and progress of patients, often developing
and implementing individualized treatment programs
based on the input of physicians, psychiatric
social workers, and psychologists.
In fact, because speech disorders are usually
related to neurological, psychological, and physical
conditions, speech therapists must be able to
work as a member of a team which may include other
healthcare specialists such as a neurologist and
psychiatrist. An important part of a speech therapist's
work is the counseling and support of individuals
and families on speech disorders and on how to
cope with the stress associated with these problems.