Speech-Language Therapy - Mr. Tony Duggan

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    This page is currently under design and is in no way complete.  However, it is intended to answer questions you may have regarding Speech Therapy services, provide you with information on common speech-language delays and disorders, and give you some tips on helping your child with his or her communication at home.

    So what exactly does a speech therapist do?

    Speech-Language Therapy is more than just correcting sounds.  There are distinct differences in speech and in language.  As therapists we are trained in:

    • Receptive Language:  The ability of the subject to receive and understand information.  Areas of receptive language include:
      • Auditory Processing
      • Hearing loss
      • Memory
      • Abilities to categorize, sequence, infer, and follow directions.
    • Expressive Language:  The ability of the subject to convey information in a meaningful way. 
      • vocabulary
      • grammar (the rules of English), Syntax (how words are arranged to convey specific meaning), semantics (do the words express the intended message), morphology (what changes to make to a word to change the meaning)
      • written expression
      • Fluency (stuttering)
      • Voice (volume, pitch, quality)
    • Pragmatic Language:  the acceptable social aspects of language (eye contact, proximity, understanding idioms and humor, etc.)
    • Articulation:  The ability to say sounds correctly when speaking so that others will understand
    • Swallowing Disorders: The physiological processes of safe eating

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