Contact Information

Due to our state mandated school closure as a result of COVID-19, I have provided resources to promote learning in the "At Home Learning" tab.  Resources will be update weekly to promote speech and langauge learning. Stay safe and stay healthy!

Paige Koler

Speech Language Pathologist     *       Briarwood Elementary

425-837-4988       *         kolerp@issaquah.wednet.edu

What is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)? 

Speech-language pathologists, also called SLPs, are experts in communication. SLPs work with people of all ages, from babies to adults.

Speech sounds—how we say sounds and put sounds together into words. Other words for these problems are articulation or phonological disorders, apraxia of speech , or dysarthria .

Language—how well we understand what we hear or read and how we use words to tell others what we are thinking. In adults this problem may be called aphasia .

Literacy—how well we read and write. People with speech and language disorders may also have trouble reading, spelling, and writing.

Social communication—how well we follow rules, like taking turns, how to talk to different people, or how close to stand to someone when talking. This is also called pragmatics.

Voice—how our voices sound. We may sound hoarse, lose our voices easily, talk too loudly or through our noses, or be unable to make sounds.

Fluency—also called stuttering, is how well speech flows. Someone who stutters may repeat sounds, like t-t-t-table, use "um" or "uh," or pause a lot when talking. Many young children will go through a time when they stutter, but most outgrow it.

Cognitive-communication—how well our minds work. Problems may involve memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.

Please visit ahsa.org for more information about what SLPs do.