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Speech Pathology Department


Speech Language Pathologists
Lisa Belding, M.A., CCC-SLP - Harding Elementary; McGuffey
Susan Crawford, M.A., CCC-SLP - McGuffey Preschool; McGuffey
Jed Douglass, M.A., CCC-SLP - Discovery Kirkmere, Volney, Williamson; Preschool
Lisa Mogg, B.A.; M.S. in Early Childhood Education - McGuffey
Amiee Neddy, M.A., CCC-SLP - Chaney; McGuffey; Preschool
Kirsten Cook, M.A., CCC-SLP - Martin Luther King; Wilson
Meredith McKay, M.A., CCC-SLP - Paul C. Bunn; Taft
Christine Sliman, M.A., CCC-SLP - East; Taft
Gary Ustik, M.S., CCC-SP - Non-Public
What is speech and language therapy?  
A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) works with the educational Team to provide direct speech therapy to students with a variety of speech /language disorders and delays.  Services to students with speech-language disorders may be provided individually or in small groups, within the classroom or in a consultative model with teachers and parents. The SLP integrates the students' speech-language goals with academic outcomes and functional performance.

What types of speech and language disorders affect school-age children?

  • Speech sound disorders - difficulty pronouncing sounds (articulation)
  • Language disorders– difficulty understanding what they hear (receptive language) as well as verbally expressing themselves with words (expressive language)
  • Stuttering (fluency) disorders– interruption of the flow of speech that may include hesitations, repetitions, prolongations of sounds or words
  • Voice disorders– quality of voice that may include hoarseness, nasality, volume (too loud or  too soft)
  • Pragmatics - the use of social language skills, critical thinking skills and verbal problem solving skills
  • Augmentative Communication -  various alternative methods of communication that can help students who are not verbal to communicate with others
How does a student qualify for Speech services?
The process for determining Speech services begins with a referral for an evaluation based on concerns related to the child’s speech and/or language skills. Next, the Speech Pathologist performs an evaluation which assesses the student's speech sound production and/or receptive and expressive language skills.  The need for speech therapy must be educationally relevant and therefore directly related to helping the child access the educational curriculum.  An intellectual disability or speech sound error does not automatically qualify a child for speech therapy. The Speech Pathologist consults with members of the child’s educational Team to determine whether a child receives speech therapy in school.

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