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.