• WHAT IS A SPEECH/LANGUAGE DISORDER?

    A student who has a speech/language impairment has a disorder in articulation, language, voice and/or fluency.  A speech/language impairment may range in severity from mild to severe.   A communication difference/dialect variation is not to be considered as a disorder of speech or language.

    ARTICULATION:   An articulation disorder is an abnormal, nondevelopmental production of speech sounds.  Types of misarticulation include distortions, substitutions and omissions.

    LANGUAGE:   A language disorder is the impairment of comprehension and/or production of an oral communication system.

    VOICE:   A voice disorder is an abnormal prodution of pitch, intensity (loudness), resonation (excessive nasality) and quality (breathiness,hoarseness,harshness).

    FLUENCY: A fluency disorder is a disruption in the normal, rhythmic flow of speech that interferes with commmunication.

    HOW ARE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AS NEEDING A SPEECH/LANGUAGE SCREENING OR EVALUATION?

    Parents who have concerns about their child's speech need to set up a conference with the classroom teacher.  The classroom teacher will get the process and paperwork started.