Emerson Elementary School

Mrs. Vicino MA CCCSLP speech/language pathologist

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Jeroma Vicino

Vicino, Jeroma Licensed Speech Pathologist jvicino@elmhurst205.org

Language is different from speech.

Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

  • What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)
  • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
  • How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk store new")
  • What word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)

Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:

  • Articulation: How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the "r" sound in order to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit").
  • Voice: Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).
  • Fluency: The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).

When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder.

When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she has a speech disorder.

Language and speech disorders can exist together or by themselves.

American Speech Hearing Association


 How Do Speech Language Skills Apply To Illinois State Learning Standards?


State Goal 4:  To listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.

Why This Goal Is Important:  Of all the language arts, listening and speaking are those most often used on a daily basis at home, school and work or in the community.  Skill in speaking is universally recognized as a primary indicator of a person’s knowledge, skill and credibility.  In person, by phone or through video, good listening and speaking skills are essential to sending, receiving and understanding messages.  To understand messages spoken by others, students must be able to listen carefully, using specific techniques to clarify what they have heard.  For speaking properly and making messages understood, grammar, sentence structure, tone, expression and emphasis must be part of students’ repertoires.

Illinois State Board of Education

Jerry Vicino

I have a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders and a Masters Degree in Speech/language Pathology.  I have been a speech/language pathologist for more than twenty years.  I have been working for District 205 since 2004.  I enjoy working with the students, the teachers and the parents to help children to become more efficient communicators.

I am available for parent contact through phone calls and emails during lunch and after school.