Are you a school based SLP who is overwhelmed with referrals and having trouble finding a way to get everything done? Do you feel unsure training teachers on developmental language skills but you want to help in some way? How would you like to help teachers develop their goals and interventions for struggling students who are not receiving speech therapy services? Through working alongside general education teachers, you can help your students academically as well as those sitting next to them in the classroom who may be falling behind.
Not all students that struggle with communication skills require the specialized services of an SLP, but as the language experts on campus, we can support teachers in their endeavors to create specific interventions to provide in the classroom. Through the process of training and coaching teachers on developmental language and how it affects academics, we can impact many other students in the classroom who we already serve or who are at risk with language delay. I have found that the referrals I get after going through the RTI process are more authentic with fewer students that do not qualify for special education services.
Response to intervention is a general education program that targets students at risk and helps determine which students will need a full evaluation by special education professionals, in our case a Speech-Language evaluation. The general education teacher is the one who provides the intervention. The SLP is the one who supports through encouragement, resources, coaching and whatever else necessary.
The public school system does not have enough SLPs to provide interventions to all struggling students. This is why ASHA and our state associations have provided eligibility criteria for us to follow. Most general education teachers have not had extensive training in developmental language.
It is our responsibility to help those most at risk for failing to achieve the standards outlined by the state. There are other ways of providing intervention than traditional speech therapy and I have seen it work!
Through RTI, a classroom teacher provides identified students with interventions in reading, writing and math so why not language? With your help, the teachers’ eyes can be opened to the underlying language weaknesses. This can cause a tremendous outcome.
Teachers are very creative and when shown specific concepts or vocabulary to target, they are able to use their everyday activities to work on skills. Often times, other students in the class who had not yet been identified benefit as a result. If a teacher finds a new trick that works, they are likely to share it with their colleagues creating a strong, unstoppable wave of new ideas and activities happening in the classrooms and hallways.
This introductory course will be hosted on Facebook in a private group to keep the cost low to you. Not on FB? You can set up a free Facebook profile and only join this group without being active on Facebook. Still unsure or have any questions? Please contact me today at Darla@MsGardenia.com so I can answer any questions that you may have. I’m also on Instagram @msgardeniasspeechroom if you would like to send me a DM!