Speech-Language Pathology Services

  • Speech Therapy services are provided to students who have been evaluated and diagnosed with a communication disorder, such as fluency (stuttering), an articulation impairment, a language impairment, or a voice impairment that adversely affects their educational performance and requires specially designed instruction from a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to help the student make progress in the general education.

    • Voice Impairment: abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration, which is inappropriate for an individual's age and/or sex
    • Articulation Impairment:  atypical production of speech sounds characterized by substitutions, omissions, additions or distortions that may interfere with intelligibility. characterized by sound errors or phonological errors
    • Fluency Impairment (Stuttering): an interruption in the flow of speaking characterized by atypical rate, rhythm, and repetitions in sounds, syllables, words, and phrases. This may be accompanied by excessive tension, struggle behavior, and secondary mannerisms.
    • Language Impairment: Impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems. The disorder may involve (1) the form of language (phonology, morphology, syntax), (2) the content of language (semantics), and/or (3) the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.

    Speech Therapy is an instructional arrangement for providing services to students with an identified speech impairment and/or deemed eligible by the ARD committee by meeting the district and state eligibility guidelines. Speech therapy services are a support to the student’s general education and/or special education curriculum. A multi-level service delivery model is utilized in Dallas ISD to provide a range of options for meeting the needs of students with a Speech Impairment. When a student is eligible for speech-language therapy services, consideration is given to the type of programming that will best meet student needs in the least restrictive environment.

Resources

  • Texas Department of State Health Services - The State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, the state board that licenses and regulates Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, including Assistants in Speech-Language Pathology, and Interns in Speech-Language Pathology.

    Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association - The Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association is a dynamic professional organization and is the recognized resource for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and consumers in the state.

    American Speech-Language Hearing Association - The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 135,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.