Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs)
- Joe Walker Elementary and Claysville Elementary Schools
- Claysville Elementary, McGuffey Middle, and McGuffey High Schools
A Speech-Language Pathologist is a person who specializes n the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders. We address typical and atypical communication and swallowing in the following areas.
- Speech and Sound Production
- Articulation disorders- speech impairments in which a child produces the sounds of spoken English incorrectly
- Apraxia of speech- a motor speech disorder in which individuals have trouble sequencing the sounds and syllables in words
- Phonological disorders- disorders in which children do not follow the typical speech rules of our language that are otherwise naturally occurring
- Voice- speech impairments in which the child's voice has an abnormal quality to its pitch, resonance, or loudness
- Fluency- a communication disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by repetitions, prolongations, or blocks
- Expressive disorder- difficulty in using language to convey an individual's wants and needs
- Receptive disorder- disorders in which an individual struggles to understand or process language
- Pragmatics- impairments in understanding the meaning of what is being said and in using language appropriately when interacting with other individuals
- Swallowing- disorders in which there is impaired functioning of the oral structures and musculature, which causes difficulty in an individual's ability to safely swallow food and drinks.