Speech-Language Pathologists

Assessment and Evaluation of Speech-Language Disorders in Schools
This is a guide to ASHA documents and references to consider when conducting comprehensive speech-language assessments.
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Interdisciplinary Teaming in Schools
This article discusses the role of the SLP as a member of school teams working together for the benefit of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Author: Margaret Ervin
Publication Date: April 2003
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Caseloads and Workloads
These guidelines describe a rationale and conceptual framework for using an analysis of the total work activities of school-based SLPs to help determine the number of students who can be served.
Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Childhood Apraxia of Speech Start Guide for the Speech-Language Pathologist
This guide provides a brief overview of current information related to understanding the nature of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech disorder, its assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
Publisher: Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America

ESSentials LogoESSentials: Positive School Culture/Climate
This resource explains the benefits of developing a positive school culture, includes National School Culture Standards, and features a demonstration video from Arizona’s Villa Montessori Charter School.
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services

How to Adapt Your Teaching Strategies to Student Needs
This article includes good teaching strategies that help to take the mystery out of adapting materials and instruction for curriculum areas in order to accommodate special needs students. 
Author: Kathleen Bulloch
Publisher: Reading Rockets

New Roles in Response to Intervention: Creating Success for Schools and Children
The purpose of this document is to identify the key roles that school personnel and parents can undertake when an LEA or school decides to adopt an RTI strategy. A discussion of new roles for speech-language pathologists is included.
Publication Date: November 2006
Publisher: National Association of School Psychologists

New Service Delivery Models: Connecting SLPs with Teachers and Curriculum
This paper discusses the benefits of focusing on curriculum-relevant skills that help students meet adequate yearly progress.
Author: Perry Flynn
Publication Date: August 2010
Publisher: The ASHA Leader

Practical Communication Services for High School Students With Severe Disabilities: Collaboration During the Transition to Adult Services
This article discusses how SLPs can actively lend their expertise so that functional communication programming for students with severe disabilities becomes embedded into the high school curriculum and transition planning.
Authors: Paul W. Cascella and Kevin M. McNamara
Publication Date: May 2004
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Response-to-Intervention: SLPs as Linchpins in Secondary Schools
This article discusses the need for SLPs to be key players in RTI initiatives for middle, junior, and high schools. Included is an example of SLPs involved in a school-wide literacy project in middle and high schools.
Author: Barbara J. Ehren
Publication Date: May 2009
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Responsiveness to Intervention: New Roles for Speech-Language Pathologists
This article discusses how speech-language pathologists can play a part in using RTI to identify children with disabilities and provide needed instruction to struggling students in both general and special education settings.
Authors: Barbara J. Ehren, Judith Montgomery, Judy Rudebusch, and Kathleen Whitmire
Publisher: Reading Rockets

Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools
This professional issues statement is an official policy statement of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists With Respect to Reading and Writing in Children and Adolescents
The position statement acknowledges the background and training that prepare SLPs to support the development of (a) spoken language as a foundation for learning to read and write; (b) sound- and word-level awareness for grasping the alphabetic principle; (c) comprehension and formulation skills for using higher-order semantic and syntactic forms; and (d) knowledge of literate discourse structures for comprehending and producing coherent spoken and written texts.
Publication Date: 2001
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Special Education Eligibility: When Is A Speech-Language Impairment Also a Disability?
This article discusses how federal provisions can assist SLPs and teams in making thoughtful decisions regarding children’s eligibility.
Author: Lissa Power-de Fur
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: The ASHA Leader

Speech and Language Impairments
This fact sheet explains speech and language impairments and includes educational considerations.
Publication Date: Updated April 2013
Publisher: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Speech-Language Services in Arizona’s Schools: Guidelines for Best Practice
This AZ-TAS Document is designed to assist school-based SLPs/SLTs, administrators, teachers, and parents as they explore the role of speech services in the school-based setting and work together to serve students in Arizona.
Publication Date: Revised February 2019
Publisher: Arizona Department of Education

The 21st Century Speech Language Pathologist and Integrated Services in Classrooms
This article discusses how embracing integrated services means the various parties adopt a more comprehensive view of speech services that extends beyond pull-out services and that each understands the need for time allotment for teachers and SLPs to accomplish the broader goals. 
Author: Beverly Vicker
Publication Date: 2009
Publisher: Indiana Resource Center for Autism

The Role of the School Speech Language Pathologist and the Student with Autism 
This article discusses how the SLP's unique training makes him or her an educator with different skills than the classroom teacher. Together, this educational duo has the potential to make a significant difference in the life of students across the autism spectrum. 
Author: Beverly Vicker
Publication Date: 2008
Publisher: Indiana Resource Center for Autism

What Is Neuroplasticity and Why Do Parents and SLPs Need To Know?
This article discusses how well-designed speech-language therapy and home practice activities can improve children's inherent brain plasticity for learning speech skills that facilitate, shape, and guide development of their spoken language.
Author: Megan Hodge
Publication Date: 2006
Publisher: Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association

Why Do Professionals Refer Parents of Children with Disabilities to Raising Special Kids?
Raising Special Kids, Arizona’s Parent Training and Information Center, provides free support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children. Information includes how to refer a family, what to expect after a referral, and training opportunities.
Publisher: Raising Special Kids

Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Students in Schools
This collection of resources from ASHA's Office of Multicultural Affairs offers policy documents, guides and tips for addressing the needs of CLD students in schools.
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association