Speech and Language Pathology

School-based speech and language pathologists (SLPs) work with students who have speech and language disorders that affect their ability to succeed in school.

Speech disorders include difficulty:

  • producing speech sounds correctly or fluently
  • with his or her voice or resonance

Language disorders include difficulty:

  • understanding others
  • sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings

Language disorders may be spoken or written. They may involve the form, content, and/or use of language.

Social communication disorders include difficulty:

  • with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication

People with social communication disorders may also have trouble:

  • communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions)
  • talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting
  • following rules for conversation and story-telling

All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social communication problems. Individuals with traumatic brain injury may also have social communication disorders.

Cognitive-communication disorders include difficulty:

  • organizing thoughts
  • paying attention
  • remembering
  • planning
  • problem-solving

Our specialists can help by:

  • consulting with families and staff
  • assessing students’ communication skills
  • determining special education eligibility
  • collaborating with the IEP team to develop communication goals
  • providing therapy services for students
  • monitoring IEP goal progress and reporting to families
  • supporting the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals

Contact Us

Steve Bigelow
Senior Director

360-748-3384
360-748-8360