About the National Data
Data Source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS
Baseline: 59.7 percent of children and adolescents aged 3 to 17 years with communication disorders of voice, speech, or language saw a health care specialist for evaluation or treatment in the past 12 months in 2012
Target: 63.4 percent
Minimal statistical significance
Definition: For purposes of this objective, a "health care specialist" will be one or more of the following: (i) Speech-Language Pathologist; (ii) Early Intervention Specialist; (iii) Occupational or Physical Therapist; (iv) Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor (ENT, or otolaryngologist); (v) Audiologist or Hearing Aid Specialist. The remaining service providers do not qualify (e.g., licensure concerns) as appropriate for evaluation and treatment of voice, speech, and language disorders.