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Intelligibility (4A)

Intelligibility is the degree to which speech can be understood. This may include fluency, clarity, articulation, and precision.
Students who have difficulty with intelligibility may be unable to deliver a message devoid of speech errors which could include a lack of speech fluency, speech errors, or lack of correct enunciation or pronunciation of words. Speech fluency is the product of mental skills such as retrieval of knowledge and physical motor skills involving correct functioning and use of the vocal cords, tongue, mouth, and lips to produce speech.

Formal Diagnostics

A speech pathologist or therapist should provide a diagnosis and recommendations for a student with intelligibility issues.

Intake Questions

  • How do you communicate most successfully?
  • Do you use technology to communicate? If so, what communication device do you use?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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