SLPs treat many types of communication problems. These include:
Speech sounds — how we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech, or dysarthria.
Language — how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia.
Literacy — how well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.
Social communication — how well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.
Voice — how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.
Fluency — also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.
Cognitive-communication — how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.
If you're interested in receiving SLP services for your APL-enrolled learner, let our Admissions Manager know during your process so we can set you up once openings become available.