Speech and Language

Acting Speech & Language Department Head

Melanie Sullivan Fogerty, MS, CCC/SLP
508-799-3055
Sullivanfogertymr@worcesterschools.net

Speech and Language Services:

The SLP improves the communication skills of students in social and academic settings. In order to help students access the curriculum, the SLP may:

  • Perform screenings and evaluations to assess the need for intervention
  • Develop and implement Individual Education Plans (IEP) and Section 504 accommodation plans
  • Provide intervention services to students identified with communication disabilities. Services are provided both in and outside of the classroom

 Signs of Communication Problems:

  • If a child began talking later than expected
  • If a child is performing below expectations in the classroom
  • If a child is having difficulty learning to read
  • If a child has difficulty expressing his/her thoughts or ideas
  • If a child has difficulty understanding spoken language

If you suspect that your child has a communication disability ask your child’s teacher, school administrator, or SLP about how to initiate the screening process.

Staffing:

Speech-Language Pathologist - work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. https://www.asha.org/Students/Speech-Language-Pathologists/#careers

Audiologist - health care professionals who use technology, creative problem solving, and social skills to identify and treat hearing, balance, tinnitus, and other auditory disorders. Audiologists help people with these disorders better communicate and connect with the world around them. https://www.asha.org/Students/Audiologist-Roles-and-Responsibilities/

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