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What is Speech and Language?
Speech is the actual physical aspects of communicating a message. There are three aspects of speech.
1) Articulation: The production of single sounds in all positions of words.
2) Fluency: This refers to how smoothly sounds, phrases and sentences flow
3) Voice: the quality of sound production involving the volume and pitch
appropriate for a child’s age and gender.
Language refers to an organized set of symbols or a code used to communicate. There are three components involved in language, which determine ‘what we say’, ‘how we say it’ and ‘why we say it.’
1) Content: (what we say) This refers to the meaning that the child expresses or
2) Form: (how we say it) The understanding and use of grammatical structures
including plural and verb forms.
3) Use: (why we say it) The reason or purpose for communicating. This is how
a child understands and uses verbal and non-verbal language in a variety of
situations. This includes the social use of language including initiating conversation, turn-taking during conversation, using greetings and salutations,
asking and answering questions appropriately and understanding and expressing feelings and emotions.
Who addresses speech/language concerns in our schools?
Certified speech/language specialists along with teachers, learning consultants, social workers and psychologists identify individuals with speech and/or language difficulties within our schools. The speech/language specialist also provides intervention to students eligible for services and acts as a consultant to teachers, parents and paraprofessionals.
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