Speech and Language Services
The development of age-appropriate speech and language skills is essential to the learning process and to a student’s social and emotional growth. Children must be able to comprehend the language, express their thoughts, request explanations from the teacher and produce speech which others can easily understand.
The Deptford Township Public School District provides a program of services for students who demonstrate a need to improve their speech/language skills. It is just one of the many programs we offer in support of students who may have special needs. We hope you will find this information helpful in understanding what the program is and how it can help your child.
What type of problem would qualify a child to receive the services of the speech and language therapist?
A child may have an articulation, language, hearing, fluency or voice disorder which would make him or her eligible for these services.
What is the goal of the speech/language program?
The goal is to help students develop the speech and language skills necessary to achieve academic success and communicate effectively with others.
Who determines if a child should be placed in the program?
The classroom teacher will initiate a request for educational support services if either the teacher or the parents are concerned about a student’s speech/language proficiency. If additional testing is required, parents will be asked for permission to proceed with the evaluation. Once the student is found to be eligible for the program, parents will be asked to meet with the therapist to develop an individual educational program (IEP) to meet the student’s needs.
What types of tests are administered?
Articulation tests are administered to assess speech sound development. There are also various language and fluency tests. The speech and language therapist will choose the one most appropriate for your child’s problem. Voice disorders are usually referred to the therapist AFTER a student’s physician has evaluated the child and recommended voice therapy.
Is the program open to eligible students in all grades?
Yes. The services are available to children of pre-school age through grade twelve. The Child Study Team office handles requests for children of pre-school age; the procedure for children in kindergarten through grade twelve is described above.
Are parents involved in the program with their child?
Yes. Parents are furnished suggested ways in which they may help their child develop better speech/language skills. If the therapist thinks it would prove beneficial, the student may be assigned home activities to reinforce the skills being addressed in the therapy sessions.
Will my child have to leave the classroom for this service?
Yes/No. Speech/language therapy sessions are typically provided in a small group setting, and/or the classroom setting, and are usually 15 to 30 minutes in length. Whenever possible, the sessions are scheduled around reading and mathematics instruction times in the classroom.
How long will my child remain in the program?
The length of time in the program varies, depending upon the type and severity of the disorder.
Who provides speech/language services in Deptford Township?
Speech/Language Therapy Staff. Please refer to the Directory, on the left side of the screen, for an up to date staff list.