Adults Prove the Main Focus for Health Care SLPs Health care SLPs spend the most time on swallowing with adults and language with children. At a Glance
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Adults Prove the Main Focus for Health Care SLPs
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / At a Glance
At a Glance   |   October 01, 2015
Adults Prove the Main Focus for Health Care SLPs
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 28. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20102015.28
The ASHA Leader, October 2015, Vol. 20, 28. doi:10.1044/leader.AAG.20102015.28
Overall, speech-language pathologists in health care settings spend more time providing clinical services to adults than to any other age group, according to the 2015 ASHA SLP Health Care Survey. They spend about half (54 percent) of their time with adults and the remainder with infants and toddlers (16 percent), preschoolers (16 percent) and school-age children (15 percent).
Adult clinical services
Although SLPs treat a broad range of disorders, those who work with adults spend most of their clinical-services time on swallowing (41 percent), followed by aphasia (16 percent) and dementia (13 percent; see chart).
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Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?
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Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

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Children’s clinical services
SLPs working with infants, toddlers and children spend most of their clinical-services time in two areas of treatment: language (29 percent) and articulation-phonology (22 percent; see chart).
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Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?
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Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

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See additional data by work setting (hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency, outpatient clinic/office) on ASHA’s website.
Figure 1.

Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?
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Of the time that you spend providing adult clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

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Figure 2.

Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?
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Of the time that you spend providing pediatric clinical services, what percentage is spent in these areas?

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