In 1978, ASHA changed its name to become what it is today – the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. But what was its original name back in 1925? Was it;
(a) American Speech Correction Association,
(b) American Society for the Study of Disorders of Speech,
(c) American Academy of Speech Correction, or
(d) American Speech and Hearing Association.
ANSWER: (c) The American Academy of Speech Correction!
ASHA developed from the National Association of Teachers of Speech, way back in 1925. The aim was to create an organization that promoted “scientific, organized work in the field of speech correction.” Since then there have been a number of name changes;
1925: American Academy of Speech Correction.
1927: American Society for the Study of Disorders of Speech.
1934: American Speech Correction Association.
1947: American Speech and Hearing Association.
1978: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
A great short summary of the history of ASHA is at the ASHA website.
The UK’s Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is much younger – but being able to say “I’m a member of the Royal College” is pretty cool 😉