• Roles and Responsibilities

     Roles and Responsibilities of a School Based SLP


    The following list outlines the primary roles and responsibilities of a speech language pathologist (SLP) working in a school.


             In a school setting SLPs help students who have delays or deficits with communication that are impacting their academic performance.  They help students to meet academic standards by providing strategies, suggestions, and/or direct interventions when they display difficulties in the following areas: articulation and phonology, oral motor skills, fluency, auditory processing, semantics, grammar/syntax, and pragmatic language


    Additionally, school based SLPS:

    • Conduct screenings and assessments to help identify students with communication disorders, as well as provide functional suggestions to help students in the classroom setting

    • Monitor student progress in order to form appropriate treatment and lessons plans that effectively address their students’ needs

    • Monitor levels of support provided during therapy sessions

    • Participate in Individualized Education Program (IEP) development, Medicaid billing, and report writing

    • Collaborate with administrators, parents, teachers, and other service providers to promote carry- over of skills from the speech therapy room into other settings

    • Develop homework assignments when applicable to support continued practice at home

    • Participate in professional development and continuing education classes to ensure the use of best practices and current research based methods during therapy

    • Make referrals for additional observations, screenings, or assessments if indicated by a student’s needs

    • Participate in Kindergarten screenings where a student’s readiness skills for school are reviewed