TIP of the WEEK: The Importance of Speech-Language Therapy
Posted May 24 2013 10:30am
Language is the vehicle for most learning. Speech, language, and communication are closely linked with learning, behavior, social skills, and self-esteem. Many students with PWS have some type of speech-language disorder and have difficulties with their emotional well-being. Speech, or communication disorders include problems with articulation (speaking clearly); fluency (speaking smoothly and without effort); voice and resonance (having a healthy sounding manner of speaking); oral motor skills. A student may have difficulty understanding or processing language (a receptive language disorder), and/or the student may have difficulty putting words together correctly, he/she may have limited vocabulary and difficulty or an inability to use language in a socially appropriate manner (an expressive language disorder).
A Speech-Language Pathologist is able to evaluate and assess individuals in each if the mentioned areas and create a targeted and effective treatment plan. With consistent and proper treatment, students can learn strategies to help them improve in all areas of communication. Speech, language, and overall communication skills are essential in the development of skills for life.