Where does my child get Speech Service?

The goal of special education services is to assess on your child's skill sets and identify areas of weakness or differences from peers in order to foster skill development/growth to bridge the gaps.  If we are successful in supporting students to close these gaps, all children would be able to actively engage in general education classes on a level similar to peers.

The way we foster skill development is to provide services.  In Speech Language Therapy, we can do this using the following models:

Direct Service:  This means face-to-face contact between a student and a speech language pathologist.  This could be between one student or a small group of students.  Many times, this model is done within the speech room because it is a 'safe' (low risk) place to practice challenging learning tasks.  Direct service could also happen within a classroom during small group activities or with a small set of peers in a place (most likely the classroom) where we would like them to use those skills after the SLP leaves. 

Indirect service:  When children are nearing completion of their program, an indirect approach may be a more appropriate service deliver model.  Indirect means coordinating the environment and/or supports already in place to maximize the student's successful use of targeted skills within his/her educational setting.  Perhaps the student only needs modifications to the curriculum or consultation with the classroom teacher to provide support for to generalize his/her skills. In this case, the need for face-to-face contact with the student has decreased but intervention in the form of guidance is provided.

All delivery model decisions are determined by the Student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) Team at the IEP Annual Meeting and is driven by the student's educational needs. All team member's input is important in determining appropriate support levels in order for student success.