• Speech-Language Services

    Speech-Language Pathology Services are provided by speech-language professionals to address the needs of children and youth with disabilities that affect either speech or language. Many students receive special services under the category of "speech or language impairments" alone.

    Speech and language services include the following:

    • Identification of children with speech or language impairments
    • Diagnosis and appraisal of specific speech or language impairments
    • Referral for medical or other professional attention necessary for the habilitation of speech or language impairments
    • Provision of speech and language services for the habilitation of communicative impairments
    • Counseling and guidance of parents, children, and teachers regarding speech impairments

    District 65 currently has 21 speech speech clinicians who are assigned throughout the district to meet the needs of students as specified on their IEPs. Their responsibilities include the following:

    • Evaluate and provide speech/language therapy either as speech-only services or as a related service
    • Provide services in a variety of service delivery models
    • Consult with teachers regarding student referrals and in-class therapy support
    • Write evaluation reports, therapy notes, and collect data
    • Provide technical support to staff for students with specific needs, such as assistive technology
    • Attend RtI meetings when requested
    • Provide therapy interventions via RtI initiatives as directed by problem-solving teams
    • Attend school and department meetings
    • Participate in staff development activities
    • Perform other duties as directed by principals and supervisors