What are Speech & Language impairments ?


Speech or Language Impairments are disorders of speech sounds, fluency, or voice that interfere with communication, adversely affect performance and/or functioning in the educational environment, and result in the need for exceptional student education.  They can be characterized as:  Speech sound disorders, Fluency disorders and/or Voice disorders.  

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Mommy Speech Therapy: Speech and Language Impairments

Are you one of those people that can’t send a text message without using a million emojis? I am, and so is my 11 year old daughter, and well, most of my friends too! I can’t help it, emojis make me happy. 😀 So when Apple introduced “Stickers” in iOS […]

I’m excited to share my holiday speech mats with you! Simply download, print and laminate them and the possibilities are endless. I created these speech mats as a fun and flexible way to target speech and language goals but I have used them for so much more. With a little […]

As children learn new words and their vocabulary expands articulation errors are common in their speech. But when articulation errors persist beyond the age at which most children have mastered their speech sounds or if the frequency of errors affects their intelligibility then they may have a speech sound disorder. […]


SIG1: Language Learning & Education

Although speech-language pathologists may understand the importance of vocabulary for oral language, listening, and reading comprehension and the need for vocabulary instruction, they may not have a clear rationale for selecting specific words to teach. The purpose of this article is to review different strategies for selecting vocabulary words for direct instruction and to discuss the pros and cons of each strategy.

This article will review the evidence base for interactive book reading to facilitate new word learning for preschool and school age children. Methods from an ongoing clinical trial of interactive book reading will be described to illustrate how this treatment approach can be delivered at a high intensity to children with specific language impairment (SLI). Preliminary results from this clinical trial indicate that children with SLI need a modified intensity that is three times higher than their same-age peers.