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WHAT IS...

SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

  • Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.

  • Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.

  • Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.

  • Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.

  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

- American Speech - Language - Hearing Association

 

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  • Feeding & Swallowing

  • Oral Motor Strengthening & Awareness

  • Motor Planning of Speech & Apraxia

  • Expressive Language (using words)

  • Pragmatic Language (social language)

  • Receptive Language (understanding)

  • Articulation and Phonology (development of speech sounds)

  • Deafness & Hard of Hearing

  • Adaptive Devices & Equipment

Meet The Speech Therapy Team

Kim Mauro, M.S., CCC-SLP

Owner/Executive Director of RS and EI Services 

Speech Language Department Manager

Sarah Fisher, M.S., LIC/CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Heidi McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Lisa White, M.A,. CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Dianne Whitmore, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist

Kristen French, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist