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The Speech and Language Therapy Program


Speech is the way we use sounds to talk. Language is how we understand and use words and sentences. Some children have problems with both speech and language. Speech-language pathologists, or SLP’s can help.


Speech has three parts-articulation, fluency, and voice. Articulation is how speech sounds are made. Your tongue, lips, teeth, and other muscles move together to make sounds. Fluency occurs when your child stops a lot or repeats sounds or words. Voice problems happen when your child’s voice doesn’t sound right for his age, or gender.


Language includes listening, talking, reading, and writing. Your child uses language to:

• Understand what is said and follow directions

• Use words in the right order to say what she/he thinks, feels, wants, and needs

• Write down thoughts and ideas

• Understand what he/she reads

• Show that he/she knows what words mean and how to use them.


Here are some links you might be interested in.

For information:

If you have a preschooler, age 2 or older, who is difficult to understand, or has very few words, the school system has free services to prepare them for school. Please call Child Find.

What is typical development for my child in speechand language?

Typical Language Development

Typical Speech Sound Development


For ideas to do at home for your student to enhance speech and language

for articulation, /r/ practice words (I have every sound available, just ask me!)

vocabulary building:

grammar mad libs:

Any questions? See our Speech/Language Pathologist, Anita DeVuyst, 833-4100.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month