Wylie ISD provides specially designed instruction for students with disabilities in a variety of settings or combinations of settings. These students are extremely diverse, and within disability categories, this diversity continues.
As you already know, communication involves more than just articulation. At school, children need to be able to understand language to follow classroom directions, effectively express themselves to others using age/grade-level vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure, and be able to ask and answer a variety of questions in order to be successful learners. They also need to be able to speak fluently without pauses or repetitions (stuttering) and use a quality of voice that is appropriate for their age and gender.
A Speech-Language Pathologist works to assist children who experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:
- Expressive Language: The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using correct grammar and syntax (word order).
- Receptive Language: The ability to understand spoken language, follow directions, and make sense of classroom instruction.
- AAC: Assistive and Augmentative Communication for complex communicators to aid in communication
- Phonological Awareness: Understanding that words are made up of sounds, sounds can be manipulated to change words, and sounds correspond to letters in print.
- Articulation/Phonology: The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child's age.
- Fluency: The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.
- Voice: The ability to use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.
Often difficulties in these areas can interfere with a child's educational progress, academically, emotionally, or socially. When one or more of these areas listed above begins to negatively impact a child's success in school, intervention may be necessary.