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Speech-Language Pathologist

What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?
A Speech-Language Pathologist is a licensed, certified health professional who evaluates, plans intervention programs, and provides remediation through therapy for communication disorders. On campus, the role is defined as the communication specialist providing services that include: collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals, comprehensive evaluation and report writing, case management, and intervention and remediation of communication disorders for identified students.
Communication Disorders
The ability to communicate successfully occurs along a continuum. Language: Language impairment is defined as the delayed or disordered acquisition, comprehension or expression of language. Differences from normal language which have an impact on educational/developmental progress on pragmatic, semantic, syntactic and/or morphological functioning are considered as well as social/emotional and vocational functioning. Articulation: Articulation impairment is defined as a speech abnormality which is characterized by omission or incorrect production of speech sounds due to faulty placement, timing, direction, pressure, speed or integration of the articulators. Speech sound production, phonological development, overall intelligibility, and impact on educational/developmental progress and social/emotional and vocational functioning are considered. Fluency: Fluency impairment is defined as a disturbance to the normal fluency and timing of speech, characterized by one or more of the following: (a) sound and syllable repetitions, (b) sound prolongations, (c) blocks and/or (d) excess tension in the speech musculature. Associated non-vocal behaviors are also considered as well as the impact of the fluency impairment on the educational/developmental progress and social/emotional and vocational functioning of the student. Voice: Voice impairment is defined as any deviation in pitch, intensity, quality or other basic vocal attribute which interferes with communication, draws unfavorable attention, adversely affects the speaker or listener and is inappropriate to the age or gender of the individual.
How Speech-Language Pathologist’s Maintain Certification
State Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
1100 West 49th Street
Austin, Texas 87756-3183

The State Board of Examiners of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology adopts rules to regulate the qualifications and practice of Speech-Language Pathologists, Audiologists, and related professionals licensed in Texas.

 

Professional Resources on Communication Disorders
• Texas Speech-Language and Hearing Association P.O. Box 140046 Austin, TX 78714-0046 (512) 452-4836 FAX (512) 452-5255 
     Professional and scientific association concerned with human communication and its disorders and is comprised of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, associates, and students.

• American Speech-Language Hearing Association 10801 Rockwell Pike Rockville, Maryland 20852 (301) 897-5700 
     Professional and scientific association for more than 100,000 speech-language pathologists; audiologists; and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally concerned with communication behaviors and disorders.

• Education Service Center 82230 N. Edwards Mt. Pleasant, TX 75455 
     Provides a variety of continuing education programs and services accessible to Speech-Language Pathologists.
Better Speech, Language and Hearing Month
North Lamar ISD recognizes the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month to promote awareness, prevention and early detection of communication disorders.

If you have concerns about a child’s ability to communicate effectively, you are encouraged to contact a neighborhood campus’ Speech-Language Pathologist or the Department of Special Education Services at Goodman Learning Center (903-737-2031).
Staff
Kenda Wheeler  (Supervisor )
Cathey Page (Supervisor)
Kayla Smith 
Cortney Campbell 
Shelle Fowler
Blake Chadwick                                                                                                                                         Breanna Caswell

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