(Originally posted on February 4th, 2020)
Hi! I'm Caitlin Giammona [sign name] and I'm The Signing SLP. SLP? What does that mean? The S is for speech or the way you communicate you language. The L is for language which is so important. I wish it was sLp. And the P is for pathologist. That means I'm qualified to assess, diagnose and provide therapy for language disorders. Now, to clarify, being deaf is not in itself a language disorder. If you have appropriate access to language and exposure plus access to an educational environment, often there's no such language difficulty. But if there is language deprivation or sometimes Deaf+ need some additional language support. Happy February!!