Speech and Language Therapy
The primary mission of the Mesa Public Schools Speech-Language Impairment Program is to provide appropriate speech and language assessment and programming for all students with speech and language disabilities. The MPS Speech-Language Impairment Program is committed to promoting effective communication skills integral for a student's successful participation in the general education curriculum and activities.
The Speech and Language Impairment (SLI) program is staffed by state licensed and certified speech-language pathologists (SLPs). These SLPs are professionally trained to consult, screen, assess and provide intervention for persons with, or who are at risk for, communication disabilities in the areas of articulation, fluency, voice, and language. SLPs provide a variety of services for students with identified speech and/or language disabilities. They also consult with classroom teachers, parents, school staff and others on ways to improve the language skills and communication of children in general.
Within the SLI program, language is recognized as the foundation for learning within academic subjects. A primary program goal is to maximize a student's communication skills to support learning. A student's communication strengths and needs necessary for school achievement are identified through appropriate assessment within the special education referral process. Remediation of a student's communication impairment is provided through an individual intervention program. Such intervention is intended to reduce the functional consequences and adverse effects of the identified communication difficulties upon the student's ability to function in the educational setting. Students in the SLI program are served through a variety of service delivery models, including service within the SLI classroom and collaborative/consultative service within regular and special education programs.