The Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) provides direct and/or indirect speech therapy services to students, within individual and/or group settings, to help improve their receptive and expressive language skills. The SLP also provides ongoing support to classroom teachers, parents and other school staff to help meet the students' varied communication needs. Communication goals are developed collaboratively with the classroom teacher and parents to address functional communication in school, at home and wihtin the community.
The SLP's duties include, but are not limited to: evaluating students' speech-language needs, recommending intervention strategies, developing appropriate treatment goals and designing activities related to the specific communicaiton needs of the students.
The SLP identifies materials and/or equipment to aid the students' communication. A variety of communication methods may be recommended to facilitate the students' receptive/expressive language skills including, but not limited to: sign language, PECS (picture exchange communication system) and AAC (augmentative & alternative communication).