May is Better Hearing and Speech Month
By Letty Faller, Director of Pediatric Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologist. Speech Pathologist. Speech Teacher.
Known by many names, people refer to these specialists most often as speech therapists. They work with children who have a variety of delays and disorders spanning from mild articulation delays to more complex disorders.
SLPs, as they are called for short, are the specialists that help children with speech, talking and communication. However, you may be surprised at how broad this field of speech-language pathology really is and just how many skill areas SLPs are trained to build and expand in young children.
- Articulation Skills/Speech Intelligibility - the physical ability to move the tongue, lips and jaw to produce speech sounds
- Expressive Language Skills - the ability to use words, signs or gestures to communicate
- Receptive Language - the ability to understand language
- Stuttering - a communication disorder that affects speech fluency, characterized by breaks in the flow of speech
- Voice and Resonance - change in how the voice sounds
- Social/Pragmatic Language - the way an individual uses language to communicate. SLPs can work with children to teach social language skills so that they can more appropriately participate in conversations with others
- Cognitive-Communication Skills - this includes attention, memory, abstract reasoning, awareness and executive functions (self-monitoring, planning and problem solving).
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) - all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas. This can include gestures, signs, pictures and communication devices
- Swallowing/Feeding Issues - SLPs have specialized knowledge of the structures and functions of the mouth and beyond
Fraser currently has 34 SLPs working with many children who have a variety of speech, language, communication and feeding needs! If you have any questions, contact us today.
FUN FACT: The Fraser President and CEO, Fraser COO and I started our careers in the field of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.