Speech Language Pathologists in the public schools serve students with speech and/or language impairments. A speech or language is defined as "a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment that adversely affects a child's performance"(C.F.R. §300.8). Speech and Language disorders can also result from a variety of other impairments including cerebral palsy, cleft palate, hearing loss, autism, learning disabilities and traumatic brain injuries.
Speech Language Pathologists in the public schools must have a master's degree, have passed a national certification examination and have completed a year of clinical fellowship. Further, they must be licensed by the state of Texas. For more information, see the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_rules.shtm.
Speech Language Pathology Assistants must have a bachelor's degree, have completed 25 hours of observation and must be licensed by the state of Texas. Their practice must be supervised by a licensed Speech Language Pathologist. For more information, see the Texas State Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and Audiology at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/speech/sp_ppsuper.shtm.
The Speech Language Pathologist in the public schools may provide many roles for students with speech and language impairments, including evaluation, IEP development and intervention. They also my provide collaboration with other instructional personnel and training and professional development. Speech Language Pathologists may serve students in a variety of ways, including individual, small group and classroom-based.
At Education Service Center, Region 2, we provide training and technical assistance in the area of Speech Language Pathology. this may include support with program evaluation or student specific concerns. Please contact us for further assistance.