Speech/Language Therapy

The Speech-Language Program is responsible for evaluating and serving students in the areas of articulation, language, fluency, and voice.

Speech and Language Concerns

Review the list below if you have concerns that your child may exhibit a speech and/or language problem:

Articulation

●Difficulty saying particular sounds or words due to sound omissions/substitutions/distortions, such as saying “wabbit” for “rabbit”

●Phonological processes such as saying “tat” for “cat” or “dod” for “dog”

Language

●Difficulty following directions

●Difficulty asking/answering questions

●Difficulty generating correct words for labels and ideas in a timely manner

●Poor word order within a sentence

●Decreased vocabulary

●Problems understanding concepts (i.e. below, above, first, second, between, front, back, whole, half, etc.)

●Poor grammar

●Difficulty retelling a story

Fluency

●Stutters

●Frequent hesitations and pauses (speech sounds "choppy")

Voice

●Sounds hoarse, raspy or breathy

●Loss of voice when speaking

If you feel your child has difficulty with any of the above areas, please consult with his or her classroom teachers. A child’s communication difficulties must have a negative impact on classroom performance in order for a referral to be made by the teachers.

If appropriate, an evaluation is completed, and a meeting is held with the speech-language pathologist, the parents, and the teachers to determine the most appropriate plan of action. Services are provided either in the child’s classroom or in the speech-language pathologist’s office, depending on the situation. A child’s therapy goals are intended to support what takes place in the classroom.