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SFASD Speech and Language
Welcome to the Spring-Ford Area School District Speech & Language Department 
 
~Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing.
If you're willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life. ~
                                                                                                                     -Brian Tracy
How is it determined if a child needs help in speech & language?

With the new special education laws, a Speech and Language disorder is only recognized in the school if it impacts the child’s ability to access their education. If a child has a mild articulation delay but it doesn’t impact their ability to read, spell or interact with peers socially, then they will not be eligible for services.    
   

1. Either a parent or a teacher may request that a child be screened for speech.

A screening is a tool used to help determine whether a student might benefit from a full speech and/or language evaluation. If indicated, a more in-depth assessment of language abilities may be completed to identify specific strengths and needs in speech/language and whether or not deficits are present which may affect a student’s academic performance.
2. If it is determined that a child displays a difficulty then a Child Study meeting is scheduled.

3. The Child Study team then meets to determine a plan of action. This may include monitoring within the classroom, strategies for at home, or a request for an evaluation.

*A Speech and Language Impairment means “impairments of language, voice, fluency, or articulation that are not due to sensory impairment or developmental delay, but which are present to such a degree that academic achievement is affected and the condition is significantly disabling to the affected person. Determination of speech and language impairment shall include the report of a speech clinician specifying the nature and degree of such an impairment.”

. Vivamus


***Please note***

A Speech or Language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.

  

What does a speech therapist do?
 

A speech therapist may work with an individual on a multitude of problem areas.

These problem areas may include:
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Articulation
Auditory Skills
Fluency
Language
Voice


Child Study Team

The Child Study team may include some or all of the following members.

Principal
Guidance Counselor
School Psychologist
Special Education Teacher
Speech Therapist
Reading Specialist
Classroom Teacher
Parent's


 ~The limits of my language mean the limits of my world~

          - Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889- 1951)

Contacts
+ Buckwalter, Jamie- Royersford Speech Therapist
+ Cabrera, Kate- Oaks & SC Speech Therapist
+ Hoppel, Cheryl- Evans Speech Therapist
+ Kuklinski, Carrie- Brooke Speech Therapist
+ Lasky, Gina- UPE Speech Therapist
+ Paige, Barb- HS Speech Therapist & Website Coordinator
+ Reiter, Elise Limerick & UPE Speech Therapist
+ Smith, Jen- 5-6 GC Speech Therapist
+ Staples, Joan- 5-6 GC, 7 GC, 8 GC Speech Therapist
+ Yucha, Caren- Limerick Speech Therapist
Click on name to see details.

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