Parent Resources

What is Speech/Language Pathology?

Language is our most human characteristic. It is essential to learning, working, and enjoying family life and friendships. There are many ways to express language. Speaking, using sign language, writing, and using computerized communication devices are some of the most common ones. The professionals who are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat language and speech disorders are speech-language pathologists (sometimes informally referred to as speech therapists). Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders.

A speech pathologist employed in the schools, may:

  • Provide speech-language services to a number of schools on an itinerant basis
  • Provide services to infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and adolescents
  • Teach full-time in a special education classroom setting with students who have language-learning disorders
  • Work with children with severe and/or multiple disorders
  • Teach listening and communication skills in a regular classroom
  • Collaborate with other professionals and parents to facilitate a students’ communication and learning in an educational environment
  • Conduct screenings and diagnostic evaluations
  • Write reports and participate in annual review conferences
  • Serve on program planning and teacher assistance teams
  • Develop Individualized Education Plans (IEP) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association -

ASHA is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 115,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Their mission is to promote the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities".

Parent Companion Birth to Give Years -

Parent Companion First Five Years website is a guide for Texas Parents and caregivers of children diagnosed or suspected disabilities from birth through 5 years of age.

Texas Project FIRST -

Texas Project FIRST (Families, Information, Resources, Support and Training) is a website created by parents for parents of students receiving special education services. This website is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents and families of students with disabilities.

Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association -

In the state of Texas, there are approximately 8,000 speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The mission of our association is to empower speech-language pathologists and audiologists in the spirit of partnership with consumers and families. TSHA is committed to achieving excellence in education, professional development, and leadership through the application of the human and financial resources of the association.

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The Legal Framework -

The Legal Framework is a template in an electronic format that summarizes Texas state and federal requirements for special education by topic.

NIDCD Health Information: Voice, Speech and Language -

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders "provides health information about human communication and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. Fact sheets, brochures, reports, directories, database searches, and other resources are available for the public and health professionals. Publications are available online and through online ordering.

In addition, NIDCD established a national resource center, the NIDCD Information Clearinghouse, to help health professionals, patients, people in industry, and the public locate health information about human communication disorders."

Speech Disorders: Causes, Treatments and Therapies -

"Speech Disorder was formed to offer a unique reference point on speech disorders: causes, treatments and therapies. The site explores the numerous types of speech disorders and the techniques used by speech therapists to help cure them. Their concern was that there was no single UK resource for interesting features and practical advice on this subject. Their features and articles are written by professional journalists and experts - who have a particular interest, or a background in this area."

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LD OnLine Speech & Language Milestone Chart -

From the LD OnLine, the interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.

Stuttering Foundation of America -

"The Stuttering Foundation provides free online resources, services and support to those who stutter and their families, as well as support for research into the causes of stuttering. We are the largest - and the first - nonprofit charitable organization in the world working towards the prevention and improved treatment of stuttering, reaching over a million people annually. We run extensive educational programs on stuttering for professionals."

Speech for Kids -

"Whether you're a parent looking for answers about your child's speech problems or a professional looking for online resources for speech therapy lessons, speech for kids is an excellent resource."


"A model early identification and intervention program based in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University." This site contains a variety of PDF files which will interest SLP's whose practice involves early intervention, particularly with students with Autism.  Includes a video glossary for Autism.

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