Speech and Language PathologySpeech-Language Pathologists have the responsibility of evaluating and treating students that exhibit difficulty in one or more of the following areas: articulation, language, pragmatic language (i.e. social skills), fluency, and voice disorders.1. Articulation - difficulties with the production of speech sounds (i.e. saying "thun" for ‘sun’, "wabbit" for "rabbit").2. Language - involves the inability to communicate effectively with peers or adults; weaknesses in vocabulary, grammar, social skills, listening comprehension (understanding what they hear), following directions, and verbal expression (putting thoughts into words clearly).3. Pragmatic Language (i.e. social skills) - involves skills required for everyday communication (i.e. initiating, turn-taking, topic maintenance, active listening). Children who struggle with social skills often have difficulty with interpreting facial expressions, body language as well as expressing/comprehending feelings.4. Fluency - the ability to speak smoothly or fluently; disruption in the rhythm of speech also referred to as stuttering.
5. Voice - students referred by their doctors because of vocal hoarseness or harshness in voice quality.This year we are pleased to have a team of three Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) at Mashburn Elementary School: Michelle Gormally, Pat Rice, and Rosie Fowler.The Mashburn Elementary Speech Team welcomes any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child's speech and/or language communication skills.