Speech and Language Department

Speech-Language Services

  • use language to acquire, assess and communicate information

  • become effective listeners and speakers in a variety of situations.


Key Areas of Speech and Language

  • ARTICULATION – speech sound production/pronunciation.
    • Children acquire the ability to pronounce certain sounds at different ages. Some pick up this skill earlier than others. Oftentimes, children in middle school may have difficulty with later-developing sounds like “s” and “r.”
    • It is important to note that some students may also experience oral-motor difficulties in conjunction with articulation difficulties.
  •  LANGUAGE – Receptive (comprehension) and Expressive
    • Content: semantics
    • Form: syntax (grammar), morphology, phonology
    • Use: pragmatics (social conventions of language)
    • Content-Form-Use Explained

  • FLUENCY – the flow of speech (ex: stuttering)

  • VOICE – vocal quality.
    • The most common voice issue for school-aged children involves hoarseness, which is often related to vocal abuse and misuse (e.g.,  excessive loudness or use of incorrect pitch).