• What is the Role of the SLP?

    The Role of an E-SLP (Educational Speech Language Pathologist) is to work with identified speech-language disorders, assess students with whom teachers or parents have a special speech or language concern and to consult with parents and regular education teachers about speech-language development and how disorders may affect academic progress.

    Below is a list of common speech and language disorders with a brief explanation of each:

    Speech Disorders
    • Articulation - the way we say our speech sounds
    • Phonology - the speech patterns we use
    • Apraxia - difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds
    • Fluency - stuttering
    • Voice - problems with the way the voice sounds

    Language Disorders
    • Receptive Language - difficulty understanding language
    • Expressive Language - difficulty using language
    • Pragmatic Language - social communication; the way we speak to each other

    Other Disorders
    • Deafness/Hearing Loss - loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech,
    and/or alternative communication systems
    • Oral-Motor Disorders - weak tongue and/or lip muscles
    • Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - difficulty chewing and/or swallowing