Development of communication skills plays a critical role in students’ ability to participate in learning (e.g., engaging in class discussions), and it also impacts students’ social-emotional development.

Students with intensive communication needs (including students with a Speech Language Impairment) work with Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs).

SLPs screen students to gauge their level of need, provide pre-referral consultation, evaluate students at school, provide direct services to students, and provide indirect services (i.e., working with teachers). They also provide support and consultation with parents, community partners, and regular education teachers.

Click a button below to browse useful tools and information to help support students in all areas of communication!

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General Resources



Related Topics

  • Visit our Assistive Technology (AT) Tools page to learn about how AT can help students to communicate independently.
  • Visit our Hearing page to learn about supports for students with diminished sensitivity to sound or hearing loss (e.g., American Sign Language).
  • Visit our Vision page to learn about support for students with limited sight (e.g., braille).
  • Visit our English Learning page to learn about how our EL program provides academic English language support to multilingual learners.
  • If you suspect that a child may have a disability in this area, visit our Special Education page to learn about Minnesota’s disability categories.


Click MoreThe individuals below frequently partner with special education teachers and Speech Language Pathologists to support students’ communication needs. Please reach out if you have questions about this area of functioning or the resources on this page.

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