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What is Speech-Lanquage Pathology

Speech language pathologists (SLP’s) work with people of all ages to identify and treat many types of problems related to swallowing and communication.

Some Examples Include


 



Kelly's 4-year-old son, Tommy, has speech and language problems. Friends and family have a hard time understanding what he is saying. He speaks softly, and his sounds are not clear.

Jane had a stroke. She can only speak in one- to two-word sentences and cannot explain what she needs and wants. She also has trouble following simple directions.


Language is different from speech.

Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:


  • What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)

  • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)

  • How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk store new")

  • What word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)


Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:


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