Speech Language Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) receive specialized preparation and training through masters or doctoral education programs. Highly qualified SLPs hold the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) and are licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Utilizing leadership, advocacy, and collaboration, school-based SLPs diagnose and treat speech-language disorders including speech sound disorders, language disorders, language-based literacy difficulties, social communication deficits, voice disorders, and fluency disorders. A speech-language disorder is an impairment in the ability to understand and/or express thoughts and ideas. It may affect speaking, reading, writing, processing information or interacting socially. Speech-Language Pathologists conduct screenings and evaluations to identify students with educationally or functionally relevant communication problems. Based upon these assessments, SLPs collaborate with the school-based team in developing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) necessary for provision of direct treatment and/or support services in order for students to access their educational curriculum. These services are designed to help children meet their educational goals in accordance with The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 04) and The NC Policies that Govern Services for Children with Disabilities.
For more information on school-based SLPs, please visit: https://www.asha.org/