Does my child need speech therapy?
As a Speech-Language Pathologist, my job is to help students improve their ability to use and understand speech and language so they can communicate more effectively with others. Communication refers to the different ways we give and receive messages and involves articulation, fluency, voice, and language (including pragmatics).
Articulation is the ability to produce speech sounds or speech patterns. Difficulty with articulation makes it hard for others to understand your speech and can affect spelling and reading skills.
Fluency refers to the smoothness in which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together when speaking. Difficulty with fluency is also called stuttering.
Voice is the production of sound using the vocal cavity. Areas of vocal production include quality, pitch, nasality and volume.
Language can be broken into 3 different categories. Receptive language is the ability to understand what others are saying. Expressive language is the ability to express thought, feelings, and ideas verbally or in writing. Pragmatics is the area of language that embraces the use of language in social contexts: knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these areas and you child, please feel free to contact me or your child's teacher.