Rhonda Overbeck's Class

Speech/Language Pathology

Sound Systems/Articulation -Production of speech sounds in conversation.

Phonology - Sound System of a Language.
Semantics - Word Meanings; Study of the meaning of language including between language, thought, and behavior.

Syntax - Rules that dictate the acceptable sequence, combination, and function of words in a sentence.

Morphology - Smallest meaningful unit of a word; Study of how morphemes are put together to form words (e.g. cat/s, walk/ed, soft/ness, un/happy, boy/'s.

Pragmatics - Use of Language in context; Social Language Skills.

Fluency - Smoothness with which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together during oral language. (Stuttering)

Voice Disorder - Any deviation in pitch, intensity, quality, or other basic vocal attributes which consistently interferes with communication or draws unfavorable attention to the speaker.

Communication Disorders

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), Speech-Language Pathology is considered special education. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide a variety of essential services in the school setting. SLPs are specialists in the area of and work directly with students who have communication disorders. They have difficulties with reading and writing that, in turn, have an impact on academic achievement in other subject areas. (MSHA, 2001)
A Communication Disorder is "an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal nonverbal and graphic symbol systems. A communication disorder may be evident in the process of hearing, language, and/or speech. A communication disorder can range in severity from mild to profound. It can be developmental or acquired. Individuals may demonstrate on or any combination of the three aspects of communication disorders. A communication disorder may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities." (ASHA, 1993)

Contact Rhonda Overbeck - overbeckr@capetigers.com