Speech Department Head
A speech-language pathologist (therapist, specialist, clinician, or as the students say, teacher) is a licensed and certified specialist in human communication, normal development and disorders.
An audiologist is a licensed and certified specialist in working with children who have a diagnosed hearing loss.
The SLP improves the communication skills of students in social and academic settings. In order to help students access the curriculum, the SLP may:
- Perform screenings and evaluations to assess the need for intervention
- Develop and implement Individual Education Plans (IEP) and Section 504 accommodation plans
- Provide intervention services to students identified with communication disabilities either individually or in small groups. Services are provided in both the inclusion and pull-out models
Signs of Communication Problems
- If a child began talking later than expected
- If a child is performing below expectations in the classroom
- If a child is having difficulty learning to read
- If a child has difficulty expressing his/her thoughts or ideas
- If a child has difficulty understanding spoken language
If you suspect that your child has a communication disability ask your child’s teacher, school administrator or SLP about how to initiate the screening process