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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.

Grace McFarling/Tina Collins
Lovejoy Elementary
Telephone: 469-742-8117
Mary Hurst
Puster Elementary School
Telephone: 469-742-8245
Allison Stockton/Tina Collins
Sloan Creek Intermediate School
Telephone: 469-742-8839
Eva Pearl
Hart Elementary PPCD
Telephone: 469-742-8202
Tina Walenciak
Willow Springs Middle School
Telephone: 469-742-8431
Tina Walenciak
Lovejoy High School
Telephone: 469-742-8784
Mary Hurst
Telephone: 469-742-8245
Amy Daehnert
Hart - ECSE