What is a Speech/Language Clinician?

  • *Information on this page taken from Super Duper Handy Handouts #162*

    Speech/language clinicians evaluate and treat children who have difficulty with speech or language.  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