About Speech-Language Pathology

 Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.  

  • Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g.,  stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice  or resonance.
  • Language disorders occur when a  person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing  thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders  may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology,  syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in  functional and socially appropriate ways.
  • Social communication disorders  occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and  nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking  questions),  (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and  setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling. All  individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders  include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering,  planning, and/or problem-solving. These disorders usually happen as a  result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or dementia, although they can  be congenital.
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)  are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness,  surgery, stroke, or injury.

Additionally, SLPs:  

  • Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Provide augmentative and  alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe  expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism  spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders 
  • Work with people who don't have  speech, language, or swallowing disorders, but want to learn how to  communicate more effectively (e.g., work on accent modification or other  forms of communication enhancement)

Reference: www.asha.org   

About Us

Kristin Sloan, MA, CCC/SLP

  Kristin Sloan is a practicing speech language pathologist who is expert in evaluating and treating those who have communication and feeding disorders. She holds a license from the Florida Department of Health and is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She was awarded her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of Central Florida in 2003. Her Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology was earned from the University of Central Florida in 2005. As a speech-language pathologist, she has practiced in many settings including home-care, public schools, private schools, and private clinics in Arizona, Germany, and Florida. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three, young children. Kristin specializes in the areas of: • Childhood speech and language disorders • Articulation • Apraxia • Reading Comprehension • Written Expression • Auditory Processing Disorders • Autism Spectrum Disorders/ Pervasive Developmental Disorder • Oral-motor therapy • Sensory, motor and behavioral feeding difficulties • Pragmatics / social skills  

About Us

Sarah Dexter, MA, CCC/SLP

Sarah Dexter, MA, CCC/SLP, received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders from Northern Michigan University in 2005. She completed her Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Michigan University in 2007. She returned to Ohio (where she was raised) for her Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at Dayton Public Schools and has worked in a variety of clinic environments for the last 10 years. Sarah was introduced to speech and language disorders due to her mother, who is an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist. Sarah did not know for sure if speech -language pathology was her calling until she took her mother’s advice and took Intro to Speech Pathology and Audiology her Freshman year of college. Sarah is passionate about connecting with and engaging each child in a manner that supports their individual needs. Sarah has experience working with children who have speech disorders including phonological and articulation disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria, fluency/stuttering and craniofacial disorders. She especially loves working with children who have language disorders at all age levels. In March 2017, Sarah moved from Ohio to Florida. She is excited to work with the pediatric population again and with Sunshine Therapy Group.     

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