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Why Speech Therapy is an Effective Treatment to Counter the Health Challenge of Social Determinants of Health (SDoH)


Avivit Ben-Aharon, M.S.Ed., M.A. CCC SLP, Founder and Clinical Director, Great Speech

Over recent years, the virtual speech therapy delivery model has intersected with a host of healthcare disruptions — value-based care delivery, the COVID-19 pandemic and the influence of social determinants of health (SDoH) have reshaped healthcare delivery. There has been a seismic move away from a provider-centric delivery model to a patient-centric model. This innovation has been made much easier with the ever-present catalyst of technology and its increased patient acceptance.

Speech impairment among adults and children – such as post-stroke aphasia, autism, stuttering or childhood speech sound disorder (SSD) – is a serious health problem in the U.S. About 10% of people suffer from a communication disorder. This includes three million people who stutter and about 10% of preschool and school-aged children with SSD. 

It’s an expensive problem, too. For example, it will cost $461 billion by 2025 to care for Americans diagnosed with autism. Yet, teens with the diagnosis receive healthcare transition services, including speech therapy, half as often as those with other special needs. Taken as a whole, the cost of doing…

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