HEB Core Messages:
1. Students are responsible for their own learning.
2. Quality teachers and effective schools are essential to students' learning.
3. Parents and patrons are vital partners in the educational process.
4. A safe environment for every student and employee is a prerequisite to learning.
5. Decisions and actions, at all levels, focus on and support effective student learning.
 

District Goals
1.  Student achievement
2.  Effective and efficient operations for all components
3.  Quality teaching, administrative, and support staff
4.  Safe, healthy, and nurturing schools
5.  Enduring relationships with stakeholders

I'm Susan Downey, the Speech Language Pathologist at South Euless Elementary.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at South Euless!  My caseload includes students Pre-K to 6th grade who have a speech impairment that limits their ability to communicate, understand and/or express themselves using language. 

WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

A Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) in the public school setting provides services to enable a child to gain skills so they are able to access their education from the general education setting.  Children must qualify for these services.  There are four general areas of service:

1.  Fluency - Stuttering

2.  Voice - Any difference in pitch, intensity, quality or other basic verbal attribute which consistently interferes with communication, draws unfavorable attention, adversely affects the speaker of the listener, or is inappropriate to the age, sex or perhaps the culture or class of the individual.  This service requires medical clearance prior to therapy.

3.  Articulation - Sound production.  Errors may be in how the sound is actually produced or in the phonological process.

4.  Language - This area covers four topics:  semantics, syntax, pragmatics and metalinguistics

Semantics - Word meaning.  This includes vocuabulary and how the order of the words changes meaning

Syntax - Grammar skills

Pragmatics - Conversational skills, narrative skills, and the intent to communicate.

Metalinguistics - The ability to use language to talk about language (i.e. Talking about where the noun goes in the sentence).

If a student is demonstrating a need for assisstance in one of the above areas, the first step is a teacher conference to discuss concerns.  If during the conference the teacher notes that skills are below grade level or something not addressed in the general education curriculum, such as voice or stuttering, then a meeting for an IST (Instructional Solutions Team) can be made with the school counselor.