Speech/Language Pathologists (SLP’s) are part of the multidisciplinary team providing consultation to teachers, families, and other school staff regarding the communication needs of students and how it impacts their education.
Some of the duties of SLPs are to identify through evaluation and provide interventions. In addition, they develop Individual Education Plans (IEP)
for subsequent delivery of speech/language services.
Students are screened for speech/language impairments as they enter into kindergarten or may be referred for a screening due to teacher or parent concern.
During the school day, speech/language pathologists work with students in a small group and within the classroom. Students are assisted with a range of disorders including:
- Articulation disorders - difficulty producing sounds in syllables or saying words incorrectly to the point that other people can't understand what's being said.
- Fluency disorders - problems such as stuttering, the condition in which the flow of speech is interrupted by abnormal stoppages, repetitions (st-st-stuttering), or prolonging sounds and syllables (ssssstuttering).
- Receptive language disorders - difficulty understanding or processing language.
- Expressive language disorders - difficulty putting words together, limited vocabulary, or inability to use language in a socially appropriate way.
- Social language deficits- difficulty interacting in everyday social situations (impairment in forming and maintaining friendships).
Information on typical speech/language development
Ways to increase your child's speech and language development