The Speech Pathologist provides speech-language services to children 3 years old and older. The children are evaluated to determine whether or not they have a communication problem. The major areas that are evaluated are articulation, language, voice, and stuttering. After the child is evaluated, the speech pathologist writes a report, then an Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee Meeting is held to review the results of the tests. If the child qualifies for speech-language services, he/she is scheduled for speech sessions after the parents give their written permission. Each child is usually seen once or twice a week depending on the severity of the problem. Parents are encouraged to spend time reading and talking to their child in order to provide a good speech model. Talk about daily activities and ask questions to determine whether or not the child understands. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s speech or language skills, please call the school and ask for Ms. Barth, the Speech Pathologist.
Speech-Language Therapy encompasses a wide array of communication disorders. Therapy may focus on management of articulation, phonological, language, fluency or voice disorders demonstrated by children.
Children receiving articulation therapy are taught the motor component of speech and speech sounds. Correct and incorrect speech sounds are practiced in therapy. Phonological therapy focuses on the linguistic aspect of speech production.
Children with language disorders may have difficulty understanding concepts being presented and/or expressing themselves. Language therapy focuses on strengthening the child’s receptive and expressive language skills that will help them succeed in the classroom. Comprehension, production, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and phonology are different areas of language that may be addressed in speech therapy.
Children who are seen for fluency or stuttering disorders experience an abnormally high frequency and/or duration of stoppages in speech. Different strategies or techniques are taught to help the child have smoother, more fluent speech.
Children with voice disorders may experience disturbances in pitch, loudness, or quality of voice. These children learn strategies to help the quality of their voice.