Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work closely with teachers to develop approaches to curriculum that allow students with language-based learning disabilities to be successful. They promote skill development and use of strategies that further students’ listening, understanding, speaking, and writing. Most of the SLP’s work takes place in the context of the classrooms and in small groups with students.
The Literacy Program offers students more intensive work in the areas of decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) as needed. Literacy Specialists use a variety of programs and techniques to strengthen phonemic awareness and phonics, develop symbol imagery, and increase automaticity and fluency.
Assistive Technology Support
Assistive Technology, such as text-to-speech software, is used to support students’ reading and writing skills. Students are evaluated, trained, and taught to implement these tools in the classroom. The technology gives the students access to materials at or above their grade level, which is often higher than their decoding level. Technology assistance for written expression gives students more freedom to express themselves, along with support for identifying and correcting errors in their writing.
The Math Specialists consult with teachers to plan their math classes, offering content differentiation and pacing recommendations. Additionally, the Math Specialists teach small groups.
The School Psychologist/Counselor consults with students, faculty/staff, administration, and parents to track and support students’ educational and social-emotional needs. They review psychoeducational evaluations and learning profiles and maintain a broad perspective on interventions, accommodations, and modifications for students. The School Psychologist/Counselor follows students throughout their Howard School tenure to ensure continuity between school divisions, while suggesting strategies as students change over time. They do not provide individual or family therapy, but can make referrals to the community for such services.