Speech/Language Support

Speech/Language Support


What is Speech/Language Support?

  • Speech and Language Support is a program designed to remediate speech or language impairments and to stimulate communication delays.
  • Students are referred for screening by parents, teachers, and other professionals.  In addition, all children registered for kindergarten are screened.
  • If the results from the screening indicate a need for further testing, a Request for Permission to Evaluate form is signed by parents and an in-depth assessment of the problem follows.
  • If the results of this testing indicate the need for specialized instruction beyond what can be provided in the classroom, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed in coordination with the student’s parents and appropriate school personnel.
  • Following planning of this program, the parents sign the Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP) and the program is implemented.
  • Students are seen from 1 to 5 times per week based upon need.

                              Speech/Language Support May Be Appropriate For the Following Problems Common to Children                                 

Language: Demonstrates a delay in understanding or using work knowledge, sentence structure, and/or grammar rules necessary to fully express thoughts and feelings.

Articulation: The speech sounds that make up words are not produced correctly such as (f,k,g,s, and I) causing speech to be difficult to understand.

Auditory Processing:  A child has difficulty perceiving, remembering, or interpreting information that is heard.

Phonological Awareness: The ability to hear and manipulate the sound structure of language is delayed. This term refers to working with the sound of language at the word, syllable and phoneme levels.

Stuttering: The normal “flow” of speech is interrupted by stopping, repeating, or struggling to produce sounds and words.

Voice:  The “quality” of the voice is poor. Characteristics include a rough sounding voice, hoarseness, a pitch that is too high or too low for child’s age or gender.