• Speech-Language Department Mission Statement

    Effective and efficient speech and language skills are essential to learning. Speech and language pathologists, as part of an educational team, provide specialized instruction and support to students from birth to young adulthood within the VBISD. We provide screenings, evaluations, and treatment within homes, schools and center-based programs.

    Students who demonstrate speech and/or language deficits that interfere with their ability to benefit from education may be eligible for services. 

    Who is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

    Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are professionals who specialize in evaluating and treating individuals with speech and language disorders. 

    For eligible students, SLPs provide therapy to address the following skills:
    • Language: The area of language is broad.  It includes both receptive and expressive language skills.  Receptive skills are the ability to understand spoken language.  Expressive skills are the ability to use spoken language to communicate.
    • Articulation: The production of sounds that make up words is called articulation.  Students who have difficulty making sounds correctly or substitute one sound for another may be hard to understand.
    • Fluency: When people speak “fluently” their speech flows easily.  A dysfluency is a break in the smooth, meaningful flow of speech, and may be referred to as stuttering or cluttering.
    • Voice: Misuse of the voice can cause serious problems for a student.  If the voice is misused it may lead to a constant hoarse voice or partial loss of voice.

    In addition, SLPs can assist students with severe communication deficits through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies such as visual aids and communication devices.