Speech and Language Therapy

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech-Language therapy in a school setting is the treatment for children with speech and/or language disorders that impacts their access to the general education system. These children frequently do not perform at grade level. They may struggle with reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, misunderstand social cues, avoid attending school, show poor judgement, and have difficulty with tests. Speech and language skills are essential to academic success and learning. Language is the basis of communication. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. Learning takes place through the process of communication. The ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is essential for a student to succeed in school.

Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production,comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.
 A speech disorder refers to a problem with the actual production of sounds, whereas a language disorder refers to a difficulty understanding or putting words together to communicate ideas. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children who have a variety of disabilities including:

Articulation Disorders
Swallowing/Dysphagia
Fluency or Stuttering Disorders
Voice Disorders
Language Disorders

SLPs also work to promote literacy and are committed to working effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Clicking on the previous links will provide more information on each topic. Much of the information presented on this page is taken from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) website.


Speech & Language Resources


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)-ASHA is the professional, scientific,and credentialing association for 135,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. This website has information for the public as well as the professionals about all the different speech and language disorders.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE)- Clicking here will take you to CDE's "Speech or Language Impairment" page where you will find a wealth of information about speech language therapy in Colorado schools.

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