Speech Language Therapy
The Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) (also called Speech-Language Teacher or Therapist - SLT) has specific knowledge and expertise in supporting the development of communication skills. The SLP works closely with classroom teachers, learning support teachers, counsellors and parents to identify, evaluate and treat speech, language and communication difficulties and disorders. Through support to develop skills and strategies in the following areas, SLPs help students to communicate to the best of their ability:
Speech - articulation of sounds and words, speaking fluently (stuttering)
Language - understanding language and following directions; expressing language (learning and retrieving vocabulary, organizing ideas to speak in complete, grammatical sentences, auditory memory for words, understanding written language; reading, spelling and writing abilities.
Social Communication - understanding and using non-verbal language such as gestures, facial expressions, eye contact), communicating in social situations and following the unspoken rules of interactions (turn-taking, asking for clarification, reading partner’s reactions and responding appropriately, cognitive communication
Voice quality and resonance - voice quality such as hoarse, breathy
Oral Motor - strength of muscles for speaking and eating