Speech Pathologist - Spencer Pointe
Hi, my name is Lauren Chlebowski, and I am a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist at Spencer Pointe. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child's speech and language skills, please do not hesitate to contact me. I'm looking forward to another exciting school year!
What is the role of a "SLP"?
Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication.
SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults. SLPs treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. These include problems with:
Articulation/ Phonology—How we say sounds and put sounds together into words.
Language—How well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking.
Literacy—How well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.
Pragmatics/ Social communication—Social language skills that we use in our daily interactions with others. This includes what we say, how we say it, our non-verbal communication (eye contact, facial expressions, body language, etc.) and how appropriate our interactions are in a given situation.
Voice—This refers to how our voices sound. This includes things such as hoarseness, nasality, vocal volume (too loud or too soft), etc.
Fluency—This can also be referred to as stuttering. This is how well our speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.
Cognitive-communication—How well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.
Feeding/ Swallowing—How well we suck, chew, and swallow food and liquid. A swallowing disorder may lead to poor nutrition, weight loss, and other health problems. This is also called dysphagia.