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Speech Services Available:
 
Speech/Language support services are available at all schools in the Parkland School District. Services are provided to students from kindergarten through graduation, up to age 21 for special needs students.
 

Identification of Need:

Students who demonstrate a need for specific instruction in communication skills are identified through a process that begins with a referral for screening. A referral may be made by a parent, teacher, or the instructional support team. An informal screening consists of talking to the student and observing in the classroom. If further testing is warranted, a letter asking for permission to do a formal speech/language evaluation would be sent home. Determination of eligibility for services is made through a formal evaluation of speech and language skills. Significant differences in communication skill development would be demonstrated by students qualifying for services through the school. Parents are invited to meet to discuss the results of the evaluation and to plan any needed interventions when the evaluation has been completed. Qualifying students receive speech/language support in addition to their regular educational program. Therapy is delivered during school hours at the regular school the student attends. Educational Impact of Difficulty in the area of communication: Speech/language difficulties may affect listening comprehension, oral expression, written expression, or reduce opportunities for social interactions.

The Areas That Are Addressed Follow:

  •  Articulation - sound development / clear speech
  • Language - vocabulary development/ understanding and expressing information/ using the rules of our language system/ concept development/ listening skill development/ phonological awareness/ written language.
  • Dysfluency - interruptions to the natural flow or rate of speech.
  • Voice Disorders - functional differences in voice quality that are identified through medical diagnosis.
  • Communication Systems - systems are developed to help nonverbal students communicate using alternative methods.

Specific concerns: 

If you have specific questions or concerns about your child's communication skills or the speech therapy program at school please call the school office to be put in contact with the speech/language therapist at your child's school.

Speech Therapists in the Parkland School District:

Alyson Barlok

Locations: Orefield Middle School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 61632

Lisa Barrow

Locations: Kratzer Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 21157

Rachel Butera

Locations: Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, Kernsville Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 28200

Abbigail Hoke

Locations: Fogelsville Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 22123

Rebecca Hower

Locations: Springhouse Middle School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 68223
Work: 610-351-5900

Jennifer Huff

Locations: Veterans Memorial Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 29234

Taylor Kishbaugh

Locations: Schnecksville Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 24265

Holly Lotti

Locations: Ironton Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 25216

Kelly Maner

Locations: Parkway Manor Elementary School, Parkland High School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 26138

Diana Souders

Locations: Kernsville Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 27311

Julian Taibi

Locations: Cetronia Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 23304

Kylie van Hekken

Locations: Fred J. Jaindl Elementary School, Orefield Middle School, Ironton Elementary School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 28205

Laura Wummer

Locations: Parkland High School
Departments: Speech
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 72110