Saturday, June 25, 2011

What is Speech-Language Pathology?

Speech-Language Pathology specializes in speech disorders and language disorders.

The main components of speech production include: phonation, the process of sound production; resonance, opening and closing of the vocal folds; intonation, the variation of pitch; and voice, including aeromechanical components of respiration.

The main components of language include: phonology, the manipulation of sound according to the rules of the language; morphology, the understanding and use of the minimal units of meaning; syntax, the grammar or principles and rules for constructing sentences in language; semantics, the interpretation of meaning from the signs or symbols of communication; and pragmatics, the social aspects of communication.

^ Block, Frances K.; Amie Amiot, Cheryl Deconde Johnson; Gina E. Nimmo; Peggy G. Von Almen; Deborah W. White; and Sara Hodge Zeno (1993), "Definitions of Communication Disorders and Variations", Ad Hoc Committee on Service Delivery in the Schools, ASHA, doi:10.1044/policy. RP1993-00208, retrieved 2010-08-07


Heather Albee-Scott said...

What a great idea for a blog, April! I am excited to read about your adventures in school and beyond!

Josh Hoyt said...

Sounds interesting I like the idea looks great.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Very interesting to read, Good luck with your blog.


Madeleine said...

Good luck with your course. It used to be my profession. We call it Speech & Language Therapy over here in the UK, though I would prefer Communication Pathologist :O)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

If you don't mind I kept the comment about Columbo, anyone can make a mistake. Thanks for the thought anyway.

April said...

Yvonne, ok, thanks!