Speech and language services are provided for students who experience a communication delay or disorder that negatively impacts the student’s ability to access his or her education. Communication difficulties that would necessitate intervention include:
- Speech delays/disorders: developmentally inappropriate sound errors that negatively impact the student’s ability to be understood by peers and adults;
- Receptive language delays/disorders: language comprehension difficulties that impact the student’s ability to understand directions and concepts in the classroom;
- Expressive language delays/disorders: difficulties in language formulation that negatively impacts the student’s ability to express himself verbally or in writing;
- Stuttering disorders: abnormal interruptions in the flow of speech characterized by repetitions, prolongations, and/or blocks that negatively impacts a student’s ability to communicate with peers and adults;
- Voice disorders: abnormal qualtiy, pitch or intensity of vocal production that interferes with successful communication;
- Social language difficulties: an inability of a student to appropriately conduct social interactions with peers and adults.
The type and frequency of speech and language services are determined based the individual needs of each child.
Referrals can be made by the students themselves, parents, teachers and administrators, as well as other professionals directly concerned with the students’ welfare.