The Speech and Language Program at the McCarthy-Towne School serves students from kindergarten through grade 6 who have a disability in the area of communication skills that is interfering with their ability to progress in the classroom. These disabilities may include auditory processing/language comprehension, expressive language, or articulation/phonology.
The Speech/Language specialist provides consultation to staff and parents, as well as diagnostic, educational and direct therapeutic services. After an evaluation of communication skills has determined that the student is demonstrating a disability that is interfering with classroom progress, and after an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) has been developed and accepted, the Speech/Language specialist and/or Speech/Language assistant works with the students in a small group in the Speech/Language room, or within the classroom.
Some students may participate in groups that are co-taught by the special education teacher or school counselor. Amount of support time, methods and materials will vary according to the age, interests and special needs of students.
Comprehensive services to the community include communication with parents and other professionals, such as pediatricians, otolaryngologists and other speech, hearing and language clinics. Speech/Language evaluations and services are also available through the Special Education Department to children as they turn three years of age.