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What Is a Communication Disorder?

A communication disorder affects an individual's ability to hear, speak, understand, read, and/or write. The various types of communication disorders an individual can exhibit include: fluency, articulation, voice, swallowing, hearing problems, and language disorders.

Which Professionals Assess and Treat Individuals Exhibiting Communication Disorders?

Speech-language pathologists diagnose and treat communication disorders. Speech pathologists are employed in a variety of settings including: public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, community clinics, colleges and universities, private practice, health departments, home care, adult day care centers, and research laboratories. Speech-language pathologists also assess and treat swallowing disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, and auditory processing disorders.

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The Master of Science in Communication Disorders (MSCD) and the Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Disorders residential education programs in speech-language pathology at Texas State University are accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700