Speech Team

What is a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)?

  • A Speech-Language Pathologist is a licensed professional who evaluates, plans intervention programs (IEP goals/objectives), and provides remediation through therapy for speech/language disorders.

    A school based SLP provides services that include: collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals, comprehensive full and individual evaluations and report writing, case management, and intervention/remediation of speech/language disorders for students identified as having a Speech Impairment.

    For more information from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) click here.

    For more information from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) click here.

What is a Speech/Language Disorder?

  • A speech disorder is an impairment of speech sound production (articulation), fluency, and/or voice.

    Articulation is how we make speech sounds using the mouth, lips, and tongue.  Phonological processes are the patterns of sound errors, such as leaving the sound off the end of words. 

    CLICK HERE for how to produce speech sounds.

    Voice refers to how we use our vocal folds and breath to make sounds.  The pitch of our voice can be high/low or loud/soft.

    Fluency refers to rhythm and pausing used while speaking.  Stuttering is when then fluency of speech is disrupted by sound/word/phrase repetitions, blocks, and/or secondary characteristics.

    CLICK HERE for strategies to reduce stuttering.

    A language disorder is impaired understanding of spoken words and/or impaired use of spoken words. 

    Receptive language is how we understand what words mean.  Expressive language is how we use gestures, signs, and/or words to communicate with others.  Pragmatic Language refers to how a child understands and uses language socially. 

    For more information about language development CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH or PRECIONEN AQUÍ PARA ESPAÑOL

    For more information about language development

    ages 3 to 4 years CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH


    ages 4 to 5 years CLICK HERE FOR ENGLISH

    edades 4-5  años PRECIONEN AQUÍ PARA ESPAÑOL

At what age is speech therapy provided to children in public schools?

  • Ages 3 years through 21 years

    Licensed SLPs are available on every Rockwall ISD campus and provide a continuum of support for students identified as Speech Impaired.  These supports may be delivered in a special education and/or general education classroom in a direct and/or consultative manner. 

How is a student eligible for Special Education speech therapy services?

  • Typically, children who meet the TEA eligibility criteria as having a Speech Impairment are eligible for speech therapy services.  Speech/language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance. Code of Federal Regulations § 300.8 (c) (11) Child with a disability.   Please consult your school SLP for more information.