Speech and Language services are available through special education for students identified as Speech Impaired. The Speech and Language teacher works with qualified students in small groups on objectives outlined in each student's I. E. P. (Individualized Educational Plan).
The A. R. D. (Admission, Review, and Dismissal) committee determines student placement in Speech and Language Services. The classroom teacher initiates a referral by completing a "Pre-screening form" obtained by the Speech Pathologist.
This program involves a Speech-Language Pathologist working with students individually or in small group sessions that have been identified as eligible to receive these services. The areas that are addressed in this program are articulation, language, fluency, and voice. Some students may have difficulty in one area and others may have difficulty in several areas. The sessions consist of an encouraging and positive atmosphere.
Children receiving articulation therapy are taught the motor component of speech and speech sounds. Correct and incorrect speech sounds are practiced in therapy. Phonological therapy focuses on the linguistic aspect of speech production.
Children with language disorders may have difficulty understanding concepts being presented and/or expressing themselves. Language therapy focuses on strengthening the child’s receptive and expressive language skills that will help them succeed in the classroom. Comprehension, production, semantics, morphology, syntax, pragmatics and phonology are different areas of language that may be addressed in speech therapy.
Children who are seen for fluency or stuttering disorders experience an abnormally high frequency and/or duration of stoppages in speech. Different strategies or techniques are taught to help the child have smoother, more fluent speech.
Children with voice disorders may experience disturbances in pitch, loudness, or quality of voice. These children learn strategies to help the quality of their voice.