Susan Moreno M.S., CCC-SLP
Classroom Phone: 972-350-2435 School Main Phone 4698-713-5970
PLANNING TIME: 11:15-12:00 M/W 12:30-1:15 T/Th
What is Speech Therapy?
Speech therapy is a term that is used to treat disorders with articulation, receptive/ expressive language, voice, and fluency.
Articulation therapy focuses on the development of speech sounds. Children reach speech developmental milestones for specific sounds at specific ages. However, all speech sounds should be fully developed by 8 years of age. Children producing speech sounds in error are difficult to understand by unfamiliar listeners, teachers, and sometimes peers. These errors may interfere with classroom activities in creating clear intelligible sentences, spelling, participation during class discussions, and interaction with peers.
Language therapy focuses on the development of language skills. Language requires knowledge and ability with using age appropriate semantics (vocabulary), syntax (word order), and pragmatics (social use of language). Expectations for these abilities change as a child reaches specific developmental milestones. Language impairment may interfere with understanding and following directions, reading comprehension, understanding abstract concepts (perfers concrete concepts or the "here and now"), figures of speech (sarcasms, humor etc..) verbal expression, sequencing events, word retrieval, writing, participation in class discussions, and interaction with peers.
Fluency therapy focuses on helping children manage stuttering behaviors in their speech. Children can exhibit behaviors with blocking words, stretching words, or repetition of words. Sometimes these behaviors can also include physical body movements. A fluency impairment may interfere with verbal expression, self-esteem, participation in class discussions, and peer interactions.
Voice therapy focuses on helping children develop good respiration, identify vocal tension, and identify vocal abusive behaviors. A voice impairment may interfere with verbal expression, self-esteem, participation in class discussions, and peer interactions.
If you have concerns for your child’s articulation, language, voice or fluency please discuss this with your child’s teacher. We can begin to monitor your child through the Response to Intervention Team (RtI).