The role of a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP), also known as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT), is to identify, evaluate and treat speech, language and communication problems in individuals of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability.
Strong emphasis is placed on multi-disciplinary team liaison and close collaboration with parents, teachers, learning support, therapists and other communication partners. This practice offers the best support options for students with communication difficulties and encourages carry-over of communication in all of the student’s environments.
SLPs assist students who present with:
Articulating sounds, producing words; using augmentative/alternative communication systems (sign language, pictures symbols, voice output computers); speaking fluently (stuttering, cluttering, rhythm).
Understanding language/following directions; expressing language (learning/retrieving words, constructing sentences or expressing ideas, wants, needs); auditory memory for words, sentences and conversation speech; awareness of sounds and sound combinations (phonological awareness); understanding written language; reading and writing abilities.
Social Communication Difficulties:
Understanding/using non-verbal language (gestures, eye contact); communicating in social situations (taking turns in conversations); cognitive communication (reasoning, problem-solving, memory, and narrative organization).
Voice and Resonance Difficulties:
Voice quality (hoarse/breathy/strident), voice resonance (hyper/hyponasal); voice pitch/volume (too high/too low, too loud/too soft); loss of voice; laryngectomy.
Oral-Motor, Feeding, and Swallowing Disorders:
Weakness in the muscles used for talking and eating; drooling; swallowing solids, soft foods or liquids; chewing/controlling food in the mouth; initiating a swallow; coughing, choking, throat clearing, gurgly voice after eating/drinking; excessively slow eating associated with weight loss; signs of aspiration (repeated pneumonias).
At AIS, the Speech and Language Pathologist provides assessment and treatment services which are billed to parents through invoice from the school. Some students may be eligible to have their therapy funded by the local authority (Kommun) which covers the place in which you live.