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Speech Language Pathology

School-Based Speech/Language Pathology

PTS Speech/Language Pathologists (SLPs) play an integral role on the Special Education team. Acting as either a primary service coordinator or a related service provider, the role of the speech pathologist facilitates the development of a key skill…communication.

Over the last decade, the role and responsibilities of the Speech/Language Pathologist have increased along with the expanding scope of practice, as the lines between language and literacy have become blurred. Inclusive practices and opportunities for the education of students with significant needs in their neighborhood schools have resulted in unprecedented diversity in caseloads. Standards-based educational reform, with a greater emphasis on accountability, has required that Speech/Language Pathologists understand the legal basis for service decision-making.

As schools have changed, the workloads and responsibilities of the profession have changed. In order to provide relevant supports that make a difference, PTS clinicians focus attention on linking interventions to the curriculum. Building partnerships with parents and collaborating with teachers are important components in designing instructional interventions. Our Speech/Language Pathologists are required to integrate their knowledge of communication disorders with the knowledge of the scope and developmental sequence of the curriculum.