Who is a Speech & Language Pathologist?
School-based Speech & Language Pathologists provide services to help children prepare for, perform, perform and achieve academic success and social participation in the school setting.
What do Speech & Language Pathologists in the educational settings do?
Work on teams with teachers, school personnel and parents to assess, evaluate, and provide interventions for students with communication disorders
Help students with language disorders to improve language comprehension and production (e.g., grammar, vocabulary, conversation and story-telling skills).
Help students with articulation and phonological disorders to learn how to say speech sounds correctly.
Assist students with language problems, such as understanding and giving directions, answering and asking questions, understanding and using English grammar, using appropriate social language and conveying ideas to others.
Plan and implement interventions in fluency, speech, voice and/or swallowing disorders.
Assist students who have had brain trauma relearn language and speech skills.
Design and employ augmentative and assistive communication.
Distinguish language differences from disorders for bilingual students.
Counsel students and their families how to understand communication disorders and how to communicate more effectively in educational, social and vocational settings.
Consult with team members regarding language stimulation, inclusion strategies, social and behavioral adaptations and/or modifications.