Phone: 508-943-4554 Fax: 508-949-1668
What it means to be a speech and language pathologist...People often think of speech therapy as just working on sound production, but it includes so much more! The following are areas in which we can work on with students who may require our services:
*Articulation: The way we say our sounds. This may include difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds.
*Phonology: The speech patterns we use that are developmental in nature. For example, producing an /r/ as a /w/ (“wed” for ‘red’) is age-appropriate until about 7 years of age. A lisp is not developmental!
*Fluency and Voice: This may include stuttering, cluttering, quality of voice (such as hoarseness), and the rate of speech in which we speak.
*Expressive Language: The way in which we use language both verbally and with gestures to communicate. This can include things like vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, narrative skills, and appropriate sentence length. This can also include a child’s ability to express their most basic wants and needs.
*Receptive Language: The ability to understand spoken language. This includes things like listening comprehension, basic concepts, and following directions.
*Pragmatic Language: The way in which we use language socially to communication with one another. This can include skills such as body language, understanding facial expressions, eye contact, perspective taking, and conversational turn-taking.
*Deafness/Loss of Hearing: Therapy for this can include developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems such as ASL (American Sign Language). We also often monitor hearing equipment such as FM systems in the classroom and hearing aids.
*Oral Motor Disorders: This typically involves on working on increasing strength and coordination of lip and/or tongue muscles.*Swallowing and Feeding: This often involves difficulty chewing and/or swallowing related to your speech muscles. Sensory challenges related to eating are typically addressed by an occupational therapist (OT).