Welcome to the Center Street
Speech-Language Department Website!
What is a Speech-Langauge Pathologist?
As Speech-Language Pahtologists, we work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, and cognitive-communication disorders in children.
Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (i.e. 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) or language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with verbal and nonverbal communication. These dsiorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (i.e. greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling.
Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.
Meet the Cetner Street Speech-Language Pathologists!
Marie Heppner, M.A., CCC/SLP
Lindsey Janoff, M.A., CCC/SLP
Rebecca Masaitis, M.A., CCC/SLP