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.