CID’s speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work on-site to develop each child’s listening and spoken language skills. SLP services are provided for CID students of all ages. They include annual evaluations and regular individual intervention and consultation.
As part of her masters-level education, each CID SLP received specialized training in the speech and language development of children who are deaf and hard of hearing. As part of a student’s team of teachers, audiologists and other professionals, SLPs contribute knowledge of typical speech and language development as well as the effects of hearing loss on communicative development and other areas like voice, resonance, fluency, articulation/phonology that may be affected.
Each CID student receives a comprehensive speech and language evaluation annually. On-site evaluations are conducted to establish goals and monitor progress in developing listening and spoken language. Formal assessments include receptive and expressive vocabulary, receptive and expressive language and articulation. Our SLPs also record and analyze informal spontaneous language samples as part of each student’s evaluation.
CID SLPs target each individual child’s specific needs. They also focus on some characteristic difficulties for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. These include difficulties with suprasegmental aspects of speech, pragmatic language skills and auditory skills.