• The Speech and Language Program
    Our students are the heart of the Speech-Language Program
    For these are all our children.....
    We will all profit by, or pay for,
    whatever they become.
    author  James Baldwin
           Interpersonal and intrapersonal human communication, both of which are unique and complex abilities, represent the pinnacle of human accomplishment. Interpersonal communication proficiency can be observed in a person's ability to benefit from and contribute to the greater human good through the sharing of information and ideas. Intrapersonal communication skill is indirectly reflected in a person's ability to think, analyze, synthesize and propose solutions to events and dilemmas encountered in everyday life.
          Since speech and language are vital vehicles for communication among humans, any disturbance to the natural development of speech (rhythm, fluency, pitch, quality, articulation) and language (semantics, syntax, morphology, phonology, pragmatics, meta-analytic skills) abilities expose the speaker to possible educational risk, personal frustration and social difficulty.
         New Jersey's Core Curriculum Content Standards are built on a strong foundation of language proficiency. The standards which describe what students should know and be able to do, emphasize the importance of verbally and graphically literate students, with interpersonal communication skills sufficient to support their transition to ultimate contribution in their communities and workplace.
    N.J. Department of Education
    Technical Assistance Document   p. vii
    The Evaluation of Speech and Language
      The Role  of the  Speech- Language Specialist in Schools 
    Direct Service Provider : The speech-language specialist provides speech and/or language therapies and/or aural rehabilitation to students with speech, language and or hearing disabilities.
    Evaluator: The speech-language specialist uses a variety of assessment techniques and tools, both standardized and functional, to evaluate students with suspected speech and/or language disabilities.
    Consultant: The speech-language specialist consults  with teachers and parents on strategies for facilitating the generalization of learned speech-language skills to real situations in the classroom or at home.
    Child Study Team Member : The speech-language specialist serves as a child study team member when a child is referred to the team for a suspected language disorder.
    Case Manager: For all students referred for a suspected voice, articulation, or fluency disorder the speech-language specialist serves in the role of case manager. The case manager coordinates the development, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the speech IEP.
    N.J. Department of Education
    Technical Assistance Document   p. 3
    The Evaluation of Speech and Language
Last Modified on October 13, 2008