The focus of school-based speech language therapy is the communication abilities of students. The school-based speech-language pathologist’s goal is to remediate, improve, or alleviate student communication and swallowing problems within the educational environment. To meet this goal, school based speech-language pathologists: (a) prevent, correct, improve, or alleviate articulation, fluency, voice, language, and swallowing impairments (b) reduce the functional consequences of the communication and swallowing disabilities by promoting the development, improvement, and use of functional communication skills; and (c) provide support in the general educational environment to lessen the disability by facilitating successful participation, socialization, and learning. Speech language pathology services are both special education and a related service and may also be provided as part of a general education initiative.
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