Speech and language pathologists work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children at the center.
SLPs work with the students under all FISTA programs to improve:
- Phonation and articulation: How we say speech sounds and put them together.
- Fluency: Children who have a fluency disorder struggle with stuttering and/or stammering. Their speech may sound choppy, as they incorrectly space words or take breaths at the wrong time.
- Motor issues: Children with swallowing or feeding disorders, as well as those with weak lip or mouth muscles, are retrained and exercise these areas to develop the proper movements.
- Resonance: Children with voice or hearing disorders are trained to decrease their problem with the volume and clarity of speech.
- Receptive disorders: helping children who have trouble in following directions, or have limited vocabulary.
- Expressive disorders: the SLP’s assist the children in developing their language and reducing the troubles in forming accurate sentences, such as using incorrect verb tense.
- Literacy: Speech and language impairments associated to disabilitiesor disorders can overflow into how a child learns to read and write. SLPs will work to correct spelling, improve the flow of writing, and increase reading speed and comprehension.
Besides, the speech and language pathologist at FISTA is in charge of
- Evaluating and diagnosing speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders.
- Elaborating a treatment plan
- Providing training and education to family/caregivers and other professionals.
- Working collaboratively with professionals from many other disciplines.
- working as part of an integrated team with the mainstream school partners with FISTA to address the communication needs of children and to support them in their inclusion process.