This year the Exceptional Student Education, Student Services, and Office of Teaching and Learning Departments collaborated and identified needs for students with language weaknesses. Materials were purchased through the IDEA American Recovery Funds grant to help improve language skills for students with disabilities who are identified with a Language Impairment. Each school received two kits each so that the speech-language pathologists and interventionists can work to improve the needs of students with disabilities who demonstrate a weakness in language which will, in turn, improve their listening, speaking, and reading comprehension skills.
The speech-language pathologists showed their support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by wearing blue for Autism Acceptance and Awareness month. 1 in 44 children is diagnosed with ASD according to a 2018 report by the CDC. In SLPS we have over 900 students who have been made eligible for an Autism Spectrum Disorder by a school-based team receiving services in 39 of our schools.