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  Welcome to the Speech and Language!

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with children who have communication difficulties, which impact their success in classroom activities, social interaction, literacy and learning.


Areas of Communication Addressed in Speech/language Therapy:

° Language:  Language includes vocabulary, basic concepts, and grammar.  Expressive language refers to the words we use to communicate our thoughts, needs, and wants.  A student with expressive language difficulties may have trouble using language to express their thoughts orally or through written language.  Receptive language refers the comprehension of language.  A student receptive language difficulties may have trouble following directions, organizing their thoughts and understanding language. 

° Social Language:  Social communication refers to the rules associated with the use of language in conversation and social situations, which includes turn-taking, following the rules of conversation, and using language for a variety of purposes. A student with social language/pragmatic language difficulties may say inappropriate or off-topic comments in conversation, have limited language use, or tell stories in a disorganized way.

° Fluency:  Fluency is the rhythm of speech.  A student exhibiting difficulties with fluency may exhibit hesitations, repetitions of words or sounds, or prolongations.

° Articulation:  Articulation refers to speech sounds, including the way we say sounds and put them together in words. A student with articulation difficulties may produce one sound for another, distort a sound in a word, or omit a sound in a word. 

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