SPEECH-LANGUAGE SERVICES

  • Speech-Language Pathology services are provided by speech-language pathologists to address the needs of students with disabilities that affect speech and/or language skills. Students may receive speech-language services as a primary service (under a “speech-only” IEP) or as a related service. Students are eligible to receive speech-language services when they demonstrate a disability that impacts educational functioning.

     

    Speech and language services include the following:

    • Screening, evaluation, and diagnosis of children with speech and/or language impairments
    • Provision of speech and language services
    • Counseling and guidance for parents, children, and teachers regarding speech impairments
    • Consultation with private providers to support students within the public school setting

     

    District 25 currently has 22 speech speech-language pathologists supporting students in early childhood through 8th grade, with an additional three therapists providing supports to students in local parochial schools. Their responsibilities may include:

    • Screen and evaluate students for speech-language needs
    • Provide speech-language therapy as a primary or related service, per a student’s IEP
    • Provide services via a variety of service delivery models, including consultation, push-in, pull-out, and whole-group instruction
    • Consult with teachers regarding student referrals and in-class therapeutic supports
    • Provide technical support to staff for students with specific needs, such as assistive technology
    • Participate in problem solving
    • Provide consultation, assessment, and therapeutic interventions as a component of Response to Intervention
    • Manage student 504 plans as needed
    • Attend school and department meetings
    • Participate in and provide staff development activities