The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
As a Speech-Language Pathologist in North Tonawanda, I evaluate and provide treatment to students with communication disorders. Good communication skills lead to successful speaking, thinking, reading, writing and learning.
Poor communication skills often lead to problems understanding and participating in classroom instruction as well as developing and maintaining relationships.
It is my responsibility to work with children to improve a variety of communication skills which include the following: language, articulation, fluency (or stuttering) and voice.
My roles in the school setting are as follows:
· Identification of students at risk for later problems
· Assessment of students’ communication skills
· Evaluation of the results of comprehensive assessments
· Development and implementation of IEPs (Individualized Education Plans)
· Collaboration with classroom teachers and other professionals such as occupational and physical therapists, school psychologist and reading specialist
Depending on students’ needs, I provide services in any of the following formats:
o Monitoring or periodic screening
o Consulting and collaborating
o Small group or individual sessions in the speech therapy room