School-based speech and language services are designed to support students in acquiring the communicative competence necessary to achieve their educational goals and become effective communicators at home and in the community. This is accomplished through a range of services including presentations, consultation and materials. Support is provided for those students whose speech and language problems impact on learning and adjustment. The principle of early intervention is applied whenever possible.
Identification of students with communication disorders may originate from concerns of the school staff, parents/guardians, the student or outside agencies.
Specific areas in which difficulties can occur include language (understanding and use of vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure and social language), articulation (speech sound development), voice and fluency (stuttering).
District Speech-Language Pathologists may also provide assessment, consultation and intervention support to students who have Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs (see page for more information) and to students with significant language disabilities who are attending the Language Development program (see page for more information). Please refer to our At A Glance Brochure (link at the right) for more details.
A formal referral to the Speech-Language Pathologist may be initiated by the School-Based Team. Parental/guardian consent is required for this service and a hearing screening is strongly recommended.