Speech and Language
The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL) provides speech therapy and other related services to students with moderate to profound disabilities within 31 member school districts. The Speech Language Department is comprised of approximately 30 Speech Language Pathologists. They are responsible for meeting the communication needs on the Individual Education Plans of SEDOL students and some district students as contracted.
Eligibility for SLP Services
The Speech Pathologists provide evaluations and reevaluations for students aged 3-22 years. They collaborate with community agencies and other professionals as needed.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides speech-language services for school age children with communication disorders that adversely affect children's educational performance. SLP's work with children who have a variety of delay/disorders in the areas of:
- Inability to speak
- Delayed development of vocabulary, concepts
- Sentence development or grammar
- Social interactions
- Inability to use different communication styles for different situations
- Sound substitution
- Omission of sounds or syllable in words
- Difficulty with word decoding in reading
- Chronic or acute voice quality, pitch or volume
- Auditory Processing Skills
- Difficulty with recall of information
- Unable to follow directions
- Poor understanding/expressing of ideas
- Fluency or stuttering
- Swallowing, also called dysphagia
Roles and Responsibilities
The SLP serves as an integral member of the multidisciplinary team. The SLP collaborates with the Ed Team to facilitate communication needs for supporting the SEDOL Curriculum Frameworks in the classroom. Consultation concerning language activities with small groups or direct service to students is also provided.
The Speech Language Pathologist corresponds with families as to the child's language progress. SLPs utilize a variety of techniques and materials needed to develop and execute therapy in an appropriate and beneficial manner. These services may include programming and implementation of augmentative communication systems for nonverbal students to use of computer technology for developing visual supports for the classroom.
SLP Service Delivery Models
At the initial Case Study Evaluation, eligibility is determined by the severity of the speech language delay and impact on adverse effect in accessing the child's educational program. Decisions about the service delivery model and the amount of therapy are determined at the child's IEP meeting.
At each Annual Review/IEP conference, the student's communication progress pertaining to the relevant IEP goals will be reviewed. The type of service delivery model and amount of services will be determined based on:
- Level of communication skill development
- Presence of adverse effect
- Least Restrictive Environment.
Therefore, a continuum of service delivery models is provided to meet the student's communication stages as he/she advances through his/her educational programs each year.
- Direct/indirect SLP therapy services
- Co-teaching and modeling of language facilitation techniques
- Push in therapy services
- Consultation for communication development in school, home, and the community
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