Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP) work with individuals of all ages with difficulties in the following areas:
Expressive Language: The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using correct grammar and syntax (word order).
Receptive Language: The ability to understand spoken language, follow directions, and make sense of classroom instruction.
Phonological Awareness: Understanding that words are made up of sounds, sounds can be manipulated to change words, and sounds correspond to letters in print.
Articulation/Phonology: The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child’s age.
Fluency: The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.
Voice: The ability to use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.
School-based SLPs help to support children whose speech or language difficulties interfere with their learning and overall performance within the regular classroom. This support may come in many forms–observing the student within the classroom and consulting with the teacher, direct services provided within the classroom setting, periodic monitoring, co-teaching with regular or special education teachers, or regular direct services to address specific skills. Some children benefit from a combination of these service types, as well.
If you ever have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s speech and/or language skills, please feel free to talk to your child’s teacher, or contact me: