Frequently Asked Questions
What might difficulties with speech and/or language look like?
Speech and language issues can vary widely based on a child's age and own unique developmental trajectory. Errors that might be considered normal at an earlier age might be considered part of a disorder at a later age, if the issues do not resolve at the child develops. The examples provided here are not an exhaustive list of all issues that can arise from speech and language difficulties. Expressively, a student with speech and/or language issues may be hard to understand due to a speech sound disorder (e.g., substituting or omitting speech sounds), issues with expressive language (e.g., mixing up verb tenses, difficulty producing complex sentences, difficulty telling stories), or fluency (e.g., prolonging sounds, repeating sounds, speaking too quickly with decreased clarity). Students may also have issues with voice and be too harsh, breathy, nasal, stuffy, etc. Receptively, a student with speech and/or language issues may have difficulty understanding more complex grammar (e.g., longer sentences, different verb tenses) and directions (e.g., "put the blue ball on top of the orange block"). Students might also have difficulty with pragmatic language, which is social communication (e.g., maintaining eye contact, conversational turn-taking).
As a parent, what should I do if I am concerned about my child's speech and/or language?
If you are a parent who is concerned about your child's speech and/or language, a good place to start might be your child's teacher to see whether he or she is seeing any issues with speech and/or language in the classroom. You can also feel free to contact the SLP who services your student's grade level (see The Team page). We are available to answer questions and respond to concerns that you may have.
As a teacher, what should I do if I am concerned about a student's speech and/or language?
If you are a teacher who is concerned about a student's speech and/or language, please refer to forms on the staff website. Please always feel free to contact the SLP who services your grade level.