Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
Cheney High School, Cheney Middle School, Westwood Middle Schoool
Phone: 509 559 4425/559 4159email:[email protected]
What Does an SLP do?
Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP)
Language is the foundation of communication. Our wants, needs, ideas and feelings are expressed through language. Reading, writing, gesturing, speaking and listening are all forms of language and are essential for learning from and about the world around us. Success in the academic environment is dependent on the use of language to communicate. Children with speech and language disorders may struggle in social situations, and have difficulty understanding and using language to communicate. As a result, these children may have trouble reading, taking tests, performing at grade level, and making and sustaining friends.
In the school district, speech and language disorders are divided into 5 categories and require the expertise of a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP). The 5 categories are:
Receptive Language: Difficult understanding spoken language (i.e. following directions, understanding questions, etc.).
Expressive Language: Difficulty stating thoughts and emotions, or communicating wants and needs through spoken language.
Articulation: Difficulty producing a sound or several sounds (i.e. r=w rock=wock, s=th sit=thit, etc.)
Fluency: Difficulty speaking smoothly, sometimes known/called stuttering.
Voice: A harshness or hoarseness when speaking.
If you suspect that your student has a speech or language disorder you should refer them to the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP). SLPs can provide services which integrate academic objectives with a child's speech and language goals within individual or group sessions, within the speech classroom, the core classroom, or in a consultative model.