Reynolds School District Speech and Language department is dedicated to provide
the highest quality services for the students we serve by addressing their
communication needs in order to foster their educational and social success,
and by educating school staff and families to support us in this
The Speech and Language Department is here to help children who
experience difficulty in one or more of the following areas:
Expressive Language: The ability to express and sequence ideas clearly using
correct grammar and syntax (word order).
Receptive Language: The ability to understand spoken language, follow
directions, and make sense of classroom instruction.
Articulation/Phonology: The ability to produce sounds in a manner appropriate to the child's age. (Smit, Hand, Freilinger, Bernthal, and Bird (1990). Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 55, 779-798.)
The ability to communicate ideas without excessive repetitions and hesitations.
Voice: The ability to
use correct voice volume, quality, and pitch.
Dysphagia: Feeding is
the process involving any aspect of eating or drinking, including gathering and
preparing food and liquid for intake, sucking or chewing, and swallowing Swallowing is
a complex process during which saliva, liquids, and foods are transported from
the mouth into the stomach while keeping the airway protected.
Often difficulties in these areas can interfere with a child's educational progress, academically, emotionally, or socially. When one or more of these areas listed above begins to negatively impact a child's success in school, intervention may be necessary.