Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) provide speech and language to Brookside students who have been identified by the Committee on Preschool Special Education by their home school district. When a child is approved for these services, they have individual session(s), group or both.  The SLP will work with your child’s teacher to help them with their learning.

Speech Language Pathologists are experts in communication. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes that the role of the SLP is to help students with:

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Speech Sounds

Speech sounds—how we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, or dysarthria.

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Language—how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia.

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Literacy—how well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.

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Social Communication

Social communication—how well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

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Voice—how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

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Fluency—also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use “um” or “uh,” or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

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Feeding and Swallowing

Feeding and swallowing—how well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia.

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Cognitive-communication—how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.