Speech-language pathologists work in collaboration with school personnel, parents/guardians and other clinical disciplines to support students who have communication problems that affect their success in classroom activities, social interactions, literacy and learning and higher level thinking skills. Speech-language pathologists work to support students from 5 to 21 years of age.
Speech-language pathologists address a variety of issues that affect communication including listening, speaking, reading, writing, thinking and learning, in the following areas:
- Articulation/Phonology: production of the sounds of language
- Language: understanding and using appropriate vocabulary, word order and grammar, following directions, sequencing events, critical thinking skills and problem solving, and using language for social situations
- Hearing: hearing sensitivity to sound
- Stuttering: rate and smoothness of speech
- Voice: vocal quality, pitch, volume and resonance
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication: assistive technology and strategies for non-verbal and limited verbal students