The Need in Speech Therapy

There are over 67.3 MILLION people in the United States alone that deal with some form of speech impediment or disorder. These speech disorders can have lifelong effects if left untreated and negatively affect a child’s life, including their ability to make friends, succeed in school, get jobs, date and marry. Just as important to an individual’s quality of life as having the basic needs of life is having the ability to communicate. See the numbers for speech disorders in the US alone.

1. Down Syndrome – 400k

A congenital disorder arising from a chromosome defect, causing intellectual impairment, physical abnormalities, and difficulties in speech

2. Aphasia – 1 Million

A condition that seriously impedes the ability to communicate. It can affect the ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written

3. Autism – 3.5 Million

A serious neurodevelopmental disorder that impairs an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others

4. Stuttering – 3 Million

Talking with continued involuntary repetition of sounds, especially initial consonants

5. Dysarthria – 500K

A motor speech disorder. Result from impaired movement of the muscles used for speech production, including the lips, tongue

6. Dysphagia – 15 Million

A Swallowing disorder characterized by extreme difficulty in preparing to swallow or moving food/drink from the mouth to the stomach

7. Cleft Palate – 200k

An opening in the roof of the mouth in which the 2 sides of the palate do not join during prenatal development

8. Articulation Delay – 7.5 Million

The inaccurate pronunciation of consonants and vowels produced in isolation , in particular /r/ and /s/

9. Deaf & Hard of Hearing – 4.2 Million

A hearing impairment in which the individual is impaired in processing linguistics information through hearing, with or without amplification

10. Lisp – 32 Million

A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z)