Speech and Language Therapy
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:
- Speech Difficulties:
articulating sounds, producing words; using augmentative/alternative communication systems (sign language, pictures symbols, voice output computers); speaking fluently (stuttering, cluttering, rhythm).
- Language Difficulties:
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, 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 ZIS, 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 Gemeinde in which the family lives or the Amt fuer Jugendliche Beruf und Beratung (AJB) or through private health insurance. Please speak to your therapist about this if you would like to pursue funding options.
The sum of CHF 600 will be charged for full assessments or a smaller amount at the therapist’s discretion, depending on the complexity of the assessment. Billing will take place every second month, for the number of sessions which your child has received, at the rate of CHF 100 per 45 minute session for individual therapy. These rates will include the therapist’s contact time with your child, parent contact time, teacher contact time, administrative and preparation work, and written updates on your child’s sessions
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I contact a speech/language pathologist if I cannot understand everything my young child says?
No. Children all over the world learn more than one language without developing speech or language problems. Bilingual children develop language skills just as other children do.
* This information was obtained from the American Speech and Language Association.