Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
- Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.
- Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
- Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.
- Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can be congenital.
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.
Collegium’s Speech Delivery Model
The Speech Therapy Department is excited to utilize the 3:1 Service Delivery model. This research-based model enhances services to students by increasing consultation time with teachers and parents and improves our ability to support students within the classroom. This model is used successfully throughout the United States. Three weeks out of the month are designated for direct intervention with students and one week is designated as the ACT week. ACT stands for Assessment, Collaboration, and Training. Services during the ACT week may include but are not limited to:
- Collaborating with classroom teachers regarding curriculum,
- Observing and supporting students in classrooms,
- Developing therapy materials relevant to the curriculum,
- Training and monitoring implementation of IEP goals and strategies,
- Performing evaluations, screenings and consultations, and
- Completing required special education documentation.
If you have questions regarding CCS Speech/Language Services, please contact a Speech/Language Pathologists listed below.