The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) conducts formal and informal assessments of a child's speech, language, pragmatic, fluency, and voice skills, following parental consent. These assessments, parental input, and teacher input are combined in an Evaluation Report, which is provided to the parent. If the child is found to have a delay in the development of speech or language skills, and is eligible for services according to Chapter 14 of Pennsylvania's Standards and Regulations for Special Education, speech therapy services are provided.
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) conducts a review of a student's speech/language skills to determine if an evaluation is necessary. All children entering kindergarten are routinely screened, as well as new children registering in the elementary school. A screening may also be requested by a teacher or parent at any time.
- Consultative Intervention
The Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) will consult with the student's classroom teachers, parents, and special service aide (if applicable), to develop an understanding of the nature of the student's disorder, and offer classroom and home intervention strategies.
- Curriculum-Based Intervention
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) will examine the student's grade level curriculum with the classroom teacher(s). The SLP will consider the student's speech and language deficits and develop intervention strategies that will maximize the student's opportunity to interact with the curriculum, relative to communication in the school, home, and community.
- Individual/Small Group Therapy
The Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) develops an Individualized Education Plan, which is discussed and reviewed with the classroom teacher, parent, and LEA, to address the deficits identified in the evaluation process. These goals and specially designed instruction are carried out in individual or small group instruction in the speech therapy classroom. In addition to direct therapy, consultative and curriculum based interventions may also be utilized.