The overall estimate for speech and language disorders is
widely agreed to be 5% of school-aged children?
In the public school setting, a specialist who works with students with communication disorders may be referred to as the speech therapist, speech/language therapist, speech teacher, speech pathologist, speech/language pathologist, or teacher of the speech and hearing handicapped. Their duties include......
acting as a resource person to parents, administrators and teachers
evaluating children to assess communication skill development
diagnosing speech/language problems that may interfere with a child’s academic success
writing diagnostic reports which (1) highlight student strengths and weaknesses in speech/language, (2) explain how deficits may affect learning, (3) give recommendations for intervention, and (4) suggest strategies to facilitate success in the classroom
meeting with parents and teachers to review and interpret test results, determine eligibility for speech/language services, and develop IEP's (Individualized Educational Programs)
Working cooperatively with other professional staff members who are involved in the educational programming of students with speech/language impairments.
making appropriate referrals to other professionals (e.g. child advocate team, school nurse, ENT doctor, family physician, audiologist.)
Designing and providing speech/language therapy to students one-on-one or in small groups, serving a caseload of up to 65 students in one or more schools
Providing staff training in areas related to speech and language