Speech Language Pathologist
In a school setting, the Speech Language Pathologist helps students who are at risk for communication and swallowing problems. These difficulties may include:
- Articulation (sound production);
- Language (grammar, concept usage, understanding and usage);
- Voice (hoarseness, nasality, speaking too high or low);
- Fluency (stuttering);
- Social communication (turn taking, topic initiation and maintenance);
- Auditory processing (how speech sounds are processed);
- Augmentative communication (picture communication and signing);
- Swallowing (how food and liquid are chewed and swallowed).
If a teacher or parent has a concern, a screening can be completed. If additional information is needed, a student will be evaluated and an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed. Speech-language goals and how often and where services will be received will be included.