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Speech & Language Pathologist

Contacts
Speech & Language Pathologist
Erin Armijo
earmijo@cpps.org

The Speech and Language Department is located at:

Davis Elementary School
31 SE Ash Avenue, College Place, WA 99324
509-525-5110 ext 2117

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly-trained professional who evaluates and treats children and adults who have difficulty with speech or language. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, the terms actually have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/ she struggles with the "how-to" of talking-the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right words and/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation.

Below is a list of common speech and language disorders with a brief explanation of each.

Speech Disorders:

  • Articulation - the way we say our speech sounds
  • Phonology - the speech patterns we use
  • Apraxia - difficulty planning and coordinating the movements needed to make speech sounds.
  • Fluency - stuttering
  • Voice - problems with the way the voice sounds, such as hoarseness.

Language Disorders:

  • Receptive Language - difficulty understanding language
  • Expressive Language - difficulty using language
  • Pragmatic Language - social communication; the way we speak to each other.

Other Disorders:

  • Deafness/Hearing Loss - loss of hearing; therapy includes developing lip-reading, speech, and/or alternative communication systems.
  • Oral-Motor Disorders - weak tongue and/or lip muscles.
  • Swallowing/Feeding Disorders - difficulty chewing and/or swallowing.
Is your child's development typical of other children his or her age?
Important Communication Milestones
Vocabulary Development Chart
Helpful Language-based Tasks
Speech Sound Examples Chart
Speech Sound Production