Speech Language Pathologists

The focus of a school-based Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) is on communication abilities 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.   
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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)
  • Stuttering (fluency) - how well our speech flows
The District employs eight Speech Language Pathologists and one Speech Pathology Assistant:
  • Amy Downey: Early Childhood Center
  • Tiffany Hill-Burkhart: Shull Elementary, Stonegate Elementary, Early Childhood Center
  • Kirschen Stewart: Speech Pathology Assistant at Stonegate Elementary
  • Kim Halliday: Peculiar Elementary
  • Tiffany Davis: Raymore Elementary
  • Carol Barnes: Creekmoor Elementary
  • Beth Daire: Timber Creek Elementary and Eagle Glen Intermediate
  • Jill McCorkle: Eagle Glen Intermediate, Bridle Ridge Intermediate, East Middle School
  • Donna McCullough: Ray-Pec High School and Early Childhood Center