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Mrs. Martinez, Speech Therapist, kmartinez@hanover.k12.va.us
Mrs. Atherholt, Speech Therapist, datherholt@hanover.k12.va.us

What types of speech and language disorders affect preschool age & school-age children?

Children may experience one or more of the following disorders:

  • articulation disorders - difficulty pronouncing sounds and/or unintelligible speech

  • language delays - not combining words or not using words to get needs met

  • language disorders - difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves verbally. This may also include thinking skills like memory, judgment, imagination, and reasoning.

  • stuttering/fluency disorders - interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds or words

  • voice disorders - quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, or volume

How do parents and school personnel work together to insure that children get the speech-language support they need?

Parents and teachers should and can refer any student ages 3+ who shows signs of a speech-language disorder or delay to our full-time school-based Speech and Language Pathologist (if your child has not yet turned 3, you may want to contact the Infant & Toddler Connection of Virginia-Hanover, servicing children ages birth-3 @ 365-4649). Screenings, assessments, and treatment are provided here at PGES.  Please contact Kerry Martinez at KMartinez@hcps.us to discuss your speech-language concerns.  You may also reach her at 365-4700.

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