The SLP is a member of the educational team that helps students improve their speech and language skills to be successful in their classroom environment and with academic material.  Speech-language services are varied to meet the needs of the student including direct push in services to the regular or special ed classroom, traditional pull out services, collaboration, and consultative services. 

Speech-language services address all areas of communication as they relate to the classroom.  In the junior high setting, the focus is on higher language skills affecting speaking, reading, and writing and teaching strategies to increase success. 

Areas of Communication include:

Articulation:  the physical production of speech sounds.

Fluency:  the rate and prosody of connected speech.

Voice:  the production of speech with appropriate volume and vocal quality.

Receptive Language:  comprehension, following directions, repeating/retaining information, and answering questions.

Expressive Language:  vocabulary, grammar, or word finding.

Social Language:  using language to communicate (for example - greetings, gaining attention, protesting, and requesting), changing language to be appropriate for the situation, and following conversational rules, verbal and nonverbal.

Here is a link to ASHA, the American Speech and Hearing Association, where there is a plethora of good information about these various areas of communication, disorders affecting communication, and more resources.

Click here to see a handout on AAC, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.  AAC is a way to provide access to communication through devices, pictures, symbols, switches or other alternative systems. 

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world." - Ludwig Wittgenstein