When your child comes to speech, they will be practicing to improve either their articulation, language, fluency, and/or social pragmatics. Descriptions of these domains are listed below:
Articulation- Speech sound production. Students work to improve specific sounds they are having difficulty producing.Language- The verbal and non verbal understanding of the structures of communication. Students work primarily on improving receptive ( what they understand) and expressive (what they can verbally present) language abilities to help them succeed in the classroom.Fluency- The movement of articulators when producing sounds, syllables, and words. Students who struggle with obtaining fluent speech work on improving the smoothness and fluency of their speech.Social pragmatics- The use of verbal and nonverbal language in regards to social communication. Students may exhibit difficulty with body language, eye contact, tone of voice, initiating conversations, and maintaining conversations. Students who struggle with social pragmatics work on improving their ability to create and maintain successful adult and peer relationships.
If your child has an IEP for speech and language services, you will be notified by quarterly IEP updates that are sent home with the student. There will also be annual review meetings held once a year to update goals and services. If your child receives RTI speech services, updates will be sent home quarterly with the student. At anytime, a parent can request information regarding their child's progress and present level.
If you are concerned about your child's communication abilities in any of the targeted domains, notify your son or daughters teacher or make direct contact with the speech therapist.