A speech-language pathologist is a clinician who identifies, assesses and treats speech and language problems. A speech-language pathologist possesses the knowledge and training to support the development of spoken language as a foundation for learning to read and write.
What types of speech and language disorders affect school-age children?
Children may experience one or more of the following disorders:
· Speech sound disorders – difficulty pronouncing sounds
· Language disorders – difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words
· Cognitive communication disorders – difficulty with thinking skills including memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination
· Pragmatic disorders – difficulty with social language, proxemics
· Fluency disorders – difficulty with flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions and prolongations of sounds or words
· Voice disorders – quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume
Do speech-language disorders affect learning?
Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning. Language is the basis of communication.
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