• A speech-language pathologist, also known as a "speech therapist," is a specialist in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating children or adults with speech and/or language impairments.

    Speech-language Pathologists of the Wappingers Central School District:

    *Identify students with communication problems through referrals, screenings, and evaluations.

    *Assess communication ability and diagnose speech-language disorders.

    *Provide direct intervention services to students in small groups or on an individual basis, depending on need.

    *Consult with parents and teachers in developing appropriate activities and techniques to improve their child's oral communication skills.

    *Counsel family members and other professionals about the nature of the communication disorder and how they can facilitate speech and language development.

    *Reassess student progress periodically.

    *Make recommendations for educational programs.

    *Make referrals for other services (special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy, etc.)

    *Work with administrators to review the needs of the speech-language program, assist in planning, and provide in-service education to other professionals.

    *Work cooperatively with other professionals such as teachers, learning consultants, nurses, physicians, audiologists, occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers to provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plans.