R.N. Wilentz school51 First StreetPerth Amboy, NJ 08861732 376 6070Fax 732 376 6077Speech Language SpecialistExt: firstname.lastname@example.orgGoogle Classroom code:o5hir3fGoogle meet code:https://meet.google.com/lookup/ebdtu7kgk3?authuser=0&hs=179
What is a Speech Language Specialist?
A speech/language specialist (SLS) is a certified professional who works with children and adults who have communication problems. These may include:
Responsibilities of the Speech-Language Specialist include assessment, evaluation, eligibility determination, caseload management, and intervention. "Ultimately, the school-based Speech-Language Specialist's purpose in addressing communication and related disorders is to effect functional and measurable change(s) in a student's communication status so that the student may participate as fully as possible in all aspects of life-educational, social, and vocational." (American Speech and Hearing Association, 1999, page 6).
- Language errors: limited vocabulary, grammar, and/or communication styles
- Articulation (speech sounds) errors: saying one sound for another, omitting a sound, or distorting sounds
- Voice errors: speech that is too high, too low, too loud, too soft, hoarse, breathy, or nasal
- Fluency or stuttering: interruptions in the flow or rhythm of speech which may include hesitations, repetitions, or prolonged sounds, words or phrases
In the public school setting, a specialist who works with students with communication disorders may be referred to as the speech therapist, speech/language therapist, speech teacher, speech pathologist, speech/language pathologist. Duties include......
- acting as a resource person to parents, administrators and teachers
- evaluating children to assess communication skill development
- diagnosing speech/language problems that may interfere with a child’s academic success
- writing diagnostic reports which (1) highlight student strengths and weaknesses in speech/language, (2) explain how deficits may affect learning, (3) give recommendations for intervention, and (4) suggest strategies to facilitate success in the classroom
- meeting with parents and teachers to review and interpret test results, determine eligibility for speech/language services, and develop IEP's (Individualized Educational Programs)
- Working cooperatively with other professional staff members who are involved in the educational programming of students with speech/language impairments.