SOESD / Special Education / Speech & Language
Speech & Language
The Southern Oregon ESD provides an itinerant speech-language pathologist in each of the district's schools which request this program. Services provided by the Speech and Language Program are customized to meet the requests of each school, and therapy is individualized to address the unique communication needs of each student. Specific communication disorders include articulation, voice, fluency, and language. A licensed speech/language pathologist, and in some cases, an educational assistant, may provide a variety of services to each school—including direct student instruction, planning and development of therapeutic interventions, working with other staff and parents to develop activities, and providing technical assistance to solve short-term communication problems.
The speech/language pathologist may serve as a consultant to regular education teachers and provide direct therapy to students in both regular and special education classrooms. The proportion of time spent in each of these roles and locations where direct student services are delivered depends on the philosophy, goals, and procedures of each school. The speech/language pathologist plays a significant role in the multidisciplinary team by providing relevant information upon which the team determines the existence of any disability and develops and implements a specially designed program.
Speech Pathologists from the Southern Oregon ESD also provide services to the STEPS and STEPS Plus programs, which is a program run by the Southern Oregon ESD that serves students with multiple and severe disabilities from resident districts. In addition to the services listed above, the Speech Pathologist serving these programs may provide therapy and/or consultation on Pre-linguistic Communication, Feeding and Swallowing, Augmentative Communication and other non-verbal communication.
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