School speech-language pathologists treat students with educationally relevant speech impairments.Speech impairments can include difficulty with...
- pronouncing sounds so that they can be understood by others (articulation disorders)
- identifying or describing meaningful relationships between things (semantic difficulties)
- combining words or word parts (syntactic and morphological difficulties)
- noticing and using shared rules of social communication (pragmatic difficulties)
- managing voice problems (when they have been identified by a doctor)
Many children experience age-appropriate difficulties with communication, but if you believe your child has severe problems which are affecting classroom performance, contact his or her teacher. If the teacher has similar concerns and has not had success addressing any difficulties in the classroom, she can start a referral process for speech therapy services.