How do school-based speech-language services differ from hospital or clinic-based services?
To receive speech-language services as school a student’s disability must adversely affect educational performance. School-based services are designed for and aligned with learning and accessing the school curriculum.
How can speech-language deficits affect a student’s education?
Learning takes place through the process of communication-speaking, listening, reading and writing. Speech and language skills are critical to success at school and may affect a student’s ability to:
- Be understood by others
- Understand what is being taught
- Develop positive social interactions and self-esteem
- Progress in the curriculum
How are speech-language services provided at school?
If a student is found eligible to receive services through an IEP, direct and/or indirect speech-language services may be provided. Direct services may include individual, small group or classroom-based therapy. Indirect services may include consulting with teachers, conducting classroom observations, working with parents, and participating on student assistance teams.