SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SUPPORT
The Speech & Language Support Program assists students whose classroom performance is affected by speech and/or language difficulties.
The following areas are addressed in the program:
Apraxia: difficulty sequencing and saying sounds, syllables, and words. Articulation: the production of sounds. Auditory Processing: reduced ability to discriminate, recognize or comprehend complex sounds, although the student has normal hearing. Fluency or stuttering: an interruption of the flow of speech. Language: the use or interpretation of the symbols of speech. This includes vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, etc. Social Language or pragmatics: difficulty using language to communicate in social settings. Ex. Turn taking, eye contact, interpreting emotions. Voice: a problem with the quality of voice. Ex. Raspiness, breathiness, excessive or diminished loudness
How is my child placed into the Speech & Language Support Program?
The Speech Language Pathologist conducts an informal observation of the child. If a communication need is identified, parental permission is obtained and further testing is completed. Placement in the Speech & Language Support Program is based on the results of this evaluation.
What happens next?
After a student qualifies for enrollment in the Speech & Language Support Program, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed by the Speech Language Pathologist. This is a plan that addresses the areas that the child is having difficulty with and states goals to monitor progress.
When will my child exit the program?
Dismissal from the Speech & Language Support Program can occur whenever remediation is no longer necessary and the therapist, classroom teacher, and parent agree to dismissal.
SPEECH and LANGUAGE SUPPORT TEACHERS
724-861-3015, ext. 5148
724-861-3025, ext. 6219
724-861-3020, ext. 1616
724-861-3035, ext. 6403