Speech/ Language/ Communication

SPEECH AND LANGUAGE SERVICES

Students with speech-language impairments are served at all SCRED member sites. Services may include screening, pre-referral consultation, evaluation and/or service provision. 

The Speech-Language Pathologists role is to evaluate for eligibility and serve students with language disabilities such as:
  • Articulation:  The atypical production of speech sounds characterized by substitutions, omissions, additions, or distortions that may interfere with intelligibility.
  • Fluency:  An interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by atypical rate, rhythm, and repetitions in sounds, syllables, words, and phrases.  This may be accompanied by excessive tension, struggle behavior, and secondary mannerisms.
  • Voice:  The abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration, which is inappropriate for an individuals age and/or sex.
  • Language:  Impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems.  The disorder may involve (1) the form of language (phonology, morphology, syntax), (2) the content of language (semantics), and/or (3) the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.

Speech-Language Pathologists use a variety of service delivery models from direct to indirect.  They also provide support and consultation with parents, community partners, and regular education teachers.