What is speech therapy?Speech therapy is more than just speech sounds. It is a therapy program used to improve the speech and language skills of an individual to help them communicate better. The targeted areas of speech therapy are:
How can a student receive speech?Students who are evaluated and determined to have deficits in any of the above mentioned areas, which have a negative impact on educational performance, will be considered for an appropriate level of service.
- Phonology/Articulation skills (speech production)
- Receptive language
- Expressive language
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Pragmatics (social skills)
- Central Auditory Processing (this combines several areas)
Special Education Services: Students who display a severe delay in any one area, moderate delays in two or more areas, or a mild delay in three or more areas (stated above), will be considered for services through the Committee on Special Education (CSE). Services are offered through either an Individualized Education program (IEP) or a 504 accommodation plan with direct or indirect services, depending on the need of the student.
Speech Improvement Services: Students who display a mild delay in no more than two of the above mentioned areas, will be considered for services through speech improvement. Services are offered as direct, small group intervention only, for no more than 2 sessions per week.
Decisions regarding frequency and delivery of service are made on an individual basis, according to the student’s needs.