Consumer Resources

If you have questions regarding communication disorders, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) may be one of your best resources. ASHA is the nationally recognized organization that provides the “gold standard” of accreditation for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists. ASHA has developed position papers, which can be used to learn more about diagnosis and treatment of specific communication disorders.

Check the Licensure or Certification status of an SLP or SLA:

Office of Licensed Allied Health Professionals: Licensure Status

Resources for Communication Disorders

Aphasia
The National Aphasia Association (NAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.

Asperger Syndrome
The Asperger’s Association of New England (AANE) works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome, and similar autism spectrum profiles, to build meaningful, connected lives. They provide information, education, community, support and advocacy in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Autism
The National Autism Research and Information Center, or The Arc, works to improve the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders. This organization advocates, educates, connects families with support groups and offers useful resources.

Communicating with an Autistic Child: A Parent’s Guide (http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/communicating-with-an-autistic-child-a-parents-guide.php)

Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Accredited Schools Online provides information for consumers and professionals working with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Stuttering
The National Stuttering Association (NSA) plays a vital role in letting people who stutter know that they are not alone. Through their programs and services, the NSA provides support, friendship, and information to the stuttering community, while cultivating a sense of self-worth, so often missing in the lives of those who battle this disorder.