• Speech and Language Therapy
    Speech-Language Pathologists are professionals who help individuals living with various problems related to communication. Such people may experience a range of issues that impact speech production, perception and comprehension. Whether in a hospital environment, private practice, or school setting speech pathologists provide numerous essential services to people that promote more effective self-expression and interaction with others.
     
    The goal of speech and language therapy is to foster optimal communication using intervention and therapeutic techniques that are unique to each child. Here at CAS, the Preschool follows an integrated model of therapy. Speech therapists work with teachers, parents, occupational therapists, and physical therapists to create an intervention program that encorporates the whole child and their communication needs. Good language skills help with learning, behavior, self- esteem, and social skills.
     
    LANGUAGE is different from SPEECH.
     
    Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:
    • The meaning of words
    • How to put words together
    • What word combinations are best used in which situations 
    Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:
    • Articulation-how speech sounds are made
    • Voice-use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound
    • Fluency-the rhythm of speech
    **When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she may have a language disorder.
    **When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder.
     
    Language and speech disorders can exist together or by themselves. The problem can be mild or severe.
     
    In a public school setting, speech and language therapy is considered a related service. Students that receive speech and language therapy typically have an IEP and qualify for services if they have a disabling condition that adversally impacts their ability to access the curriculum in the classroom.
    In some instances, there is a possibility that a school-age child can be eligible for speech services to target articulation only.  

     
     
    Information taken from the ASHA webpage.