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Health Information For Parents
Speech refers to the way sounds and words are formed, and language refers to the broader system of receiving and expressing information.
Students with speech impairments may have difficulty with:
Students with language impairments may have difficulty understanding and being understood through communication — verbal, nonverbal, and written.
Students with speech and language impairments may:
Students with speech and language impairments may benefit from individualized education programs (IEPs) or 504 education plans. If your student is being treated for a speech or language problem, part of the treatment may include seeing a speech-language pathologist (SLP) during the school day. Therapy may be one or more times a week, depending on the severity of the condition.
Students with speech and language impairments can feel stressed and anxious, which can make it even harder to talk and express themselves. The student may speak slowly in class and should be given plenty of time to express his or her thoughts. Interrupting or completing a sentence for the student is not helpful and might cause embarrassment.
You can support your student by:
Do you know someone who stutters or has another speech disorder? Find out how speech disorders are treated, how you can help a friend or classmate cope, and lots more.
You might visit a speech therapist if you’re having trouble speaking or understanding others. Find out more in this article for kids.
Do you or does someone you know ever have a hard time getting words out? Get the whole story on stuttering and other speech problems in this article for kids.
Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in speech and language development can help you figure out if you should be concerned or if your child is right on schedule.
Many young kids go through a stage when they stutter. Stuttering usually goes away on its own but in some cases lasts longer.
Working with a certified speech-language pathologist can help a child with speech or language difficulties.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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