A school-based speech-language pathologist (SLP) is a highly trained licensed professional who evaluates and treats children who have difficulty with speech or language. Although people often think of speech and language as the same thing, the terms actually have very different meanings. If your child has trouble with speech, he/she struggles with the “how-to” of talking- the coordination of the muscles and movements necessary to produce speech. If your child has trouble with language, he/she struggles with understanding what he/she hears or sees. Your child may struggle to find the right wordsand/or organize those words in a meaningful way to communicate a message or hold a conversation. This information was adaped from the Super Duper Publications handout 162.