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Speech & Language
What is Speech and Langauge?
Speech and language is provided in six areas:
  • Phonology and Articulation:  clearly and distinctly saying speech sounds
  • Pragmatics:  the social use of language
  • Semantics:  the meaning of language such as vocabulary
  • Morphology and Syntax:  the structure of language including grammar
  • Fluency:  the rhythm or rate of speech
  • Voice:  vocal characteristics such as pitch, quality, intensity or resonance
What does SLP stand for?
  • Speech-language Pathologist
(but we often go by Speech Therapist, Speech Teacher,
or Speech-language Clinician)

Where do we see students?
  • In the speech-language resource room individually or in small group
  • In the classroom
  • In preschool settings
What can SLP's do to help students?

  • Show students how to say their sounds correctly
  • Help students learn techniques to help fluency (smooth talking)
    • Teach techniques to avoid vocal abuse and promote a healthy voice
    • Practice making associations between words--synonyms, antonyms, double meanings
  • Practice using content vocabulary—cloze exercises, graphic organizers, associations
  • Organize thoughts for writing projects using graphic organizers
  • Make associations between what they are learning and their lives
  • Help them think through the WHYs and HOWs of various problems
  • Give lessons on how to be a better listener
  • Give lessons on how to find the main idea and details of what they read
  • Provide strategies for how to be a better test taker
  • Rephrase information in directions or text to help comprehension
  • Verbally talk through problems or assignments
  • Help students advocate for themselves when they don’t understand or have a problem
  • Practice answering literal and inferential comprehension questions