Speech-language Therapy 

"Communication is not only the essence of being human, but also a vital property of life."

Morrison Speech Therapy Program

    Speech-language therapy is offered to students who display significant impairments in the following categories: articulation, language, voice and fluency.

       Articulation  An articulation disorder exists when a child consistently does not produce speech sounds correctly.  These speech sound errors may include omissions, distortions, additions, and substitutions of speech sounds.

       Language  A language disorder exitsts if a child's expressive or receptive language is significantly different than typically-developing peers.  Language disorders affect the following areas of language: syntax, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics.

       Voice   Voice disorders occur when a child's voice is not appropriate for age or gender.  The child's vocal quality or pitch may be affected resulting in a hoarse, breathy, or high-pitched voice.  School-age children often have voice disorders because of vocal abuse, such as frequent yelling.

       Fluency  Fluency disorders exist when a child's speech does not flow smoothly.  Repetitions of sounds, syllables, and words; prolongations of sounds; and blocks may occur.

**  The speech-language pathologist at Morrison also conducts hearing screenings.

"Language shapes the way we think, and determines what we can think about."  Benjamin Lee Whorf