As a SLP, I have the privelege to work with many different professionals and students who have a wide spread of communication disorders.
The professionals I can and will collaborate, communicate, and work alongside with include:
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Teachers (General & Spec. Ed.)
- Social Workers
- Behavior Specialists
While this is not an exhaustive list, it should give you a good understanding that I will not work to treat your student independently - I rely on many professionals to provide every student the best plan that will allow them to be succussful inside and outside of the classroom.
There is a large misconception that SLPs only work with students who "need help learning to say their sounds." While this claim is not entirely wrong, it neglects all of the other areas and communication disorders that we can treat! These communication disorders include:
- Articulation Disorders
- Language Disorders
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Phonological Delay
- Developmental Delay
- Fluency (i.e. stuttering)
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Hearing loss
- Voice Disorders
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
- Swallowing Disorders (i.e. dysphagia)
- Feeding Disorders
Again, this is not an exhaustive list, though it provides a clear picture that SLPs EVALUATE, DIAGNOSE, and TREAT a wide variety of communication disorders that can severely impact your student's success inside and outside of the classroom.
For more information about what an SLP does, or who and what communication disorders we can work with, please visit www.asha.org (or click here). As always, please feel free to contact me for additional information or with any questions or concerns.