School Speech and Language Services

School based therapists in Southwest Allen County Schools provide communication services for the following impairments that may adversely effect the student's educational performance in the areas of:

*Articulation: Decreased intelligibility in connected speech as a result of sound substitutions, omissions, additions and /or distortions or inappropriate use of phonological processes.

*Language: Impairments in the comprehension and /or expression of spoken language. This may include one or more of the following components of the language system: word retrieval, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

*Fluency: Consistent interruptions in the air-flow and rhythm of speech.

*Voice: Frequent and consistent variations in intensity, pitch, resonance, or vocal quality inappropriate for age, gender or ability.

In addition to regularly scheduled therapy based on student need, the following services occur annually in Southwest Allen County Schools:

*Kindergarten students screened for both speech and language.

*Hearing screened for all students grade 1, 4, 7, and 10.

*All students new to SACS screened for speech and hearing.

*Consultation and ongoing communication with teaching staff and personnel.