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Speech and Language Pathology Parent Resources

Speech or language impairment is defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
Speech and language services are considered part of special education in that they are designed to meet the unique needs of the child at no cost to the parent.
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, and cognitive-communication.
Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his or her voice or resonance.
Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways. 
Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-telling.
Communication disorders may also include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving.
Additionally, Speech Language Pathologists provide services with augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC) for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder or neurological disorders.

 Child Find:
If you are the parent of a preschool child or know of a preschool child with suspected developmental delays, and reside within the boundaries of the Dysart Unified   School District, please contact the district at 623 876 7022 option #2 to schedule a free screening.
Suspected delays may be evidenced in the areas of communication, cognition, behavior, as well as in physical, auditory, visual and sensory development.
Free screenings and/or diagnostic evaluations are provided by the Dysart Unified School District to help determine those children eligible for special education services.  Please call the Exceptional Student Services Department at (623) 876-7022 option #2, for a screening appointment.  

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