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Beaverton School District
Beaverton School District

Beaverton Schools

Speech Language Pathologists

The speech-language pathologist (SLP) is the professional who engages in practice and provides services in the areas of communication and swallowing for students. Communication and swallowing are broad terms encompassing many different functions. Communication includes speech production and fluency, literacy, language (including pragmatics/social communication), cognition, voice, resonance, and hearing. Swallowing includes all aspects of swallowing, including related feeding behaviors. 

In the school setting: 

 • Work with students transitioning to kindergarten through age 21 in general education and specialized classrooms. 

 • Collaborate with other members of the special education team, general education teachers, parents, and outside providers. 

 • Create and implement student specific speech, language, and communication supports across all school settings.

 • Use a variety of service models: consultation, team teach, peer training, pull-out and push in services.

 • Provide hearing screenings, speech-language and Autism Spectrum Disorder assessments, and treatment in all areas noted above. 

 • Provide support with augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) when needed.

 • Case manage students with only speech-language disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or students with hearing impairments.

 • Support the feeding team in working with students who have swallowing difficulties or feeding related behaviors that require support/supervision. 

 • Provide expertise in distinguishing between speech differences and speech disorders.