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Speech Therapy

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech-language pathology is the study of disorders that affect a person's speech, language, cognition, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and the rehabilitative or corrective treatment of physical and/or cognitive deficits/disorders resulting in difficulty with communication and/or swallowing. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) or Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) address people's speech production, vocal production, swallowing difficulties and language needs through speech therapy in a variety of different contexts including schools, hospitals, and through private practice.

Communication includes speech (articulation, intonation, rate, intensity), language (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics), both receptive and expressive language (including reading and writing), and non-verbal communication such as facial expression and gesture. Swallowing problems managed under speech therapy are problems in the oral, laryngeal, and/or pharyngeal stages of swallowing (not esophageal).

Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, common treatments may range from physical strengthening exercises, instructive or repetitive practice and drilling, to the use of audio-visual aids and introduction of strategies to facilitate functional communication. Speech therapy may also include sign language and the use of picture symbols.

Kelly Holmes & Eva Pearl
Lovejoy High School
Telephone: 469-742-8000

Shannon O'Reilly
Puster & Hart Elementary School
Telephone: 469-742-8274

Jeanie Willmann & Shannon O'Reilly
Lovejoy Elementary School
Telephone: 469-742-8117

Eva Pearl
Hart Elementary PPCD
Telephone: 469-742-8200

Eva Pearl & Kelly Holmes
Willow Springs Middle School
Telephone: 469-742-8431

Amy Daehnert & Shannon O'Reilly
Sloan Creek Intermediate
Telephone: 469-742-8400