Speech Language Pathologists in the public schools serve students with speech and/or language impairments. A speech or language impairment is defined as “a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance” (C.F.R. §300.8.). Speech and language disorders can also result from a variety of other impairments, including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, hearing loss, autism, learning disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries.
The Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools may provide many roles for students with speech and language impairments, including evaluation, IEP development, and intervention. They also may provide screening and prevention services, collaboration with other instructional personnel, and training and professional development. Speech Language Pathologists may serve students in a variety of ways, including individual, small group, classroom-based, or consultation.
At the Region 13 Education Service Center, we provide training and technical assistance in the area of Speech Language Pathology. This may include support with program evaluation or student specific concerns. Please contact us, if you need further information or assistance.