• What is the role of the Speech Language Pathologist?
                                                                           - to identify, screen, assess, diagnose, and treat speech and language disorders
    Services may be provided in the classroom or therapy room depending on student needs.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, defines the term "speech or language impairment" as follows: "(11) Speech or language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child's educational performance."[34 CFR §300.8(c)(11]
    Refer your child to a speech language pathologist if he/she shows difficulty in any of the following areas:
    • Stuttering/Fluency: repetitions or pauses in sounds, syllables, or words, causing a break in the flow of speech
    • Articulation: production of speech sounds
    • Voice: may sound hoarse, nasal, too loud or too soft
    • Language: vocabulary, grammar, listening
    • Pragmatic/Social Skills: initiating, maintaining conversation, asking questions
    The speech-language pathologists in the Balsz School District are state licensed and may hold additional certifications.
    Staff List:
    • Julie Jones-Black: Crockett Elementary (602) 629-6663 and Brunson Lee Elementary (602) 629-6916
    • Kelly Voss: Griffith Elementary (602) 629-6708
    • Miriam Garlant-Byler: Orangedale Early Learning Center (602) 629-6835
    • Jennifer Killegrew: Balsz Elementary (602) 629-6528


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