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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What are some specific types of communication disorders?
A:  Communication disorders can result in problems with:

  • Articulation – difficulty making speech sounds or to speak clearly
  • Fluency – stuttering
  • Voice-hoarseness, loudness, nasality, pitch (too high, too low, monotone)
  • Language - understanding and expressing thoughts and ideas
  • Social Communication-peer interaction, turn taking, asking and answering questions, conversation skills
  • Feeding - chewing and swallowing, taking adequate nutrition for growth
  • Inability to speak-no spoken language

Q:  What are the signs of a communication disorder?
A:  A communication disorder might be present when a person’s speech or language differs from his or her peer group, is difficult to understand, when talking is avoided or when ineffective communication behaviors result in frustration.  As all academics are based on language, failure to succeed in literacy or math might indicate a communication disorder.

Q:  What can you do if you suspect a communication disorder?
A:  If you suspect a communication disorder contact your child’s teacher, the school speech language pathologist or your local school district.  These service providers will help determine if an evaluation is needed.

Q:  What can a speech language pathologist do to help students with Communication disorders?
A:  A speech language pathologist can work with classroom teachers and students individually or in groups to improve communication skills necessary to succeed in school and everyday life.  Services are provided to help children overcome their disabilities and become more effective communicators, problem-solvers and decision-makers.




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