May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Speech and language disorders can affect anyone at any age.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Speech and language disorders can affect anyone at any age.


Millions of infants, children and adults in America suffer from a communication or swallowing disorder.
Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who treat all types of speech, language, voice and related disorders.

In addition, they assess and treat swallowing disorders. They hold at least a master’s degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. In Kansas, they also are licensed by the state.

Whether it’s a difficulty in swallowing or a disorder such as stuttering, delayed language or a voice problem, a person’s ability to learn and interact with others can be affected.

If you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing a communication or swallowing disorder, McPherson Hospital urges you to consult a local speech-language pathologist.