The focus of a school-based Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is on communicationabilities of students. A Speech Language Pathologist is assigned to each school in the Raymore-Peculiar School District to support students and their communicative development. Their responsibilities include conducting speech, language and hearing screenings; evaluating speech and language; providing intervention services; developing and implementing Individual Education Plans; and educating parents, staff, and children.
SLPs may work with a child one-on-one, in a group setting, within the classroom, in a special services room, or in a combination of these approaches. SLPs treat students with a variety of medical and educational diagnosis including but not limited to, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADD, Fragile X Syndrome, and specific learning disabilities.
Supports provided by Speech-Language Pathologists include:
Articulation - how we say sounds and put them together in words
Language - understanding and use of vocabulary, concepts and grammar
Social Communication (pragmatics) - knowledge of how to take turns, how close to stand to someone when talking, how to start and stop a conversation, and following the rules of conversation
Voice - how we sound when we speak (hoarse, harsh, nasal)