Speech and Language Services

3:1 Model for Speech and Language Service Delivery

The Speech and Language Department follows a 3:1 model for speech and language therapy service delivery. A 3:1 model means that your child will receive direct speech therapy for three weeks in a row and then one week of consultation services that will rotate every 4 weeks. During the consultation week, your student's speech therapist may be doing the following:

  • working with students' teachers to ensure carry-over of speech skills within the classroom

  • informing you of your student's progress.

  • observing students in the classroom.

  • collaborating with the students' team.

  • participating in professional development activities.

  • screenings and evaluations.

Speech and Language Services

Articulation: accurate production of speech sounds.

Phonological Awareness: awareness of sounds & ways to manipulate them.

Stuttering: smooth, fluid speech.

Semantic Language: word meanings and relationships (e.g.; vocabulary, descriptions, synonyms, antonyms, etc.).

Syntactic Language: sentence structure & grammatical markings.

Auditory Processing/Language Processing/Central Auditory Processing: how our brains accept auditory stimuli & attach meaning to the stimuli.

Pragmatic Language: social skills during communication situations.

Augmentative Communication: alternative forms of communication for those who cannot achieve speech.

Voice Disorders: techniques to treat strained, breathy, hoarse, soft, loud, or nasal voices.

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Autism spectrum disorders affect three different areas of a child's life:

  • Social Interaction

  • Communication: both verbal and non-verbal

  • Behaviors and interests

Alternative Augmentative Communication: The use of either low-tech or high-tech static and dynamic devices to help students to communicate.