Speech/Language Therapy

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

speech-language therapist working with boy one-on-one

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

therapist working with boy, showing him how to form word

●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.