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Language Science

Speech/Language Science

Effect of Speech and Language Problems on Learning

Language skills are needed to communicate effectively and to learn. Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. Students with better communications skills often have better academic success.

Does your child have speech or language problems? He/she may not be able to do grade-level work or might have trouble reading, writing, and spelling. He/she may not understand social cues, like what a person means when they nod or look away as you speak. Your child might also have trouble taking tests and may not want to go to school.

If your child has problems with communication, speaking, stuttering, or voice, you may want to seek help from the school's Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP).  Each school has a process you need to follow to have your child seen. Your child may get referred to a child study team for testing. The SLP may be a part of this team, along with teachers, special education teachers, or others.


Role of the SLP

The SLP will test your child’s speech and language skills and decide if your child needs treatment. Each school has a process to get services started. The SLP or others in the school will help you follow this process.

Your child may get speech and language services alone or in a small group. The SLP may go into your child’s classroom and work with his/her teacher. The SLP will work with your child on what he/she is learning in class. The goal of speech and language services is to help your child do well in school. The SLP will work as part of a team that makes sure that your child gets the services he/she needs.

Speech and language problems should not keep your child from doing well in school!