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.
Jennifer Killigrew: Balsz Elementary (602) 629-6528
Julie Jones-Black: Crockett Elementary (602) 629-6663 and Brunson Lee Elementary (602) 629-6916
Shawna Shovelin: Griffith Elementary (602) 629-6774
Miriam Garlant-Byler: Orangedale Early Learning Center (602) 629-6828