Speech-Language Pathology


The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires a free, appropriate public education for children with disabilities, including students with communication disorders.

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are certified professionals trained to help students overcome communication problems that affect success in classroom activities, social interactions, literacy and learning.

Ensuring that our students have good communication skills is essential to our educational mission. To achieve this, District 401's SLPs work with students who have a variety of language, voice, fluency, articulation and swallowing disabilities or disorders.


Where You Can Find Our SLPs


SCHOOL

GRADES

SLP

EMAIL

John Mills Elementary School PK-5 Brianna Campbell

campbellb@epcusd401.org

John Mills Elementary School

PK-5

Kathryn Freitag

freitagk@epcusd401.org

John Mills Elementary School PK-5 Maureen Ramirez ramirezm@epcusd401.org
Elmwood Elementary School K-5 Anne Douglas douglasa@epcusd401.org
Elmwood Elementary School K-5 Allison Kehoe kehoea@epcusd401.org

Elmwood Elementary School

K-5

Tracy Sloan

sloant@epcusd401.org

Elm Middle School 6-8 Kathryn Freitag freitagk@epcusd401.org

Elm Middle School

6-8

Kathryn Riley

rileyk@epcusd401.org

Elmwood Park High School

9-12

Megan Bremer

bremerm@epcusd401.org


How SLPs Help Students


Ensuring that our students have good communication skills is essential to our educational mission. To achieve this, District 401's SLPs work with students who have a variety of language, voice, fluency, articulation and swallowing disabilities or disorders.

Language disabilities include:

  • Slow development of vocabulary, concepts or grammar.
  • Inability to use different communication styles for different situations.

Voice disorders include:

  • Speech that is too high, low or monotonous in pitch.
  • Speech that is too loud or too soft.
  • Speech that is too harsh, hoarse, breathy or nasal.

Fluency or stuttering problems include:

  • Interruptions in flow or rhythm.
  • Hesitations, repetitions or prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases.

Articulation disorders include:

  • Saying one sound for another, such as wabbit for rabbit.
  • Omitting a sound in a word, such as i-cream for ice cream.
  • Distorting a sound, such as thee for see.

Swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia, include:

  • Difficulty in sucking or chewing.
  • Difficulty in triggering a swallow.
  • Difficulty in moving food into the stomach.

Roles of Our SLPs


Given the range of communication problems that students can face, SLPs have many roles in our schools. These include:

  • Prevention of communication disorders. 
  • Identification of students at risk for later problems .
  • Assessment of students' communication skills. 
  • Evaluation of the results of comprehensive assessments.
  • Development and implementation of IEPs.
  • Documentation of outcomes. 
  • Collaboration with teachers and other professionals.
  • Participation in schoolwide curriculum and literacy teams.

The services that SLPs provide will vary depending on student needs. These services can range from monitoring or periodic screening to collaborating and consulting with teachers to working with students in small groups or individualized sessions.


For More Information


To learn more about how a speech-language pathologist could help your child, contact your school's SLP(s) as listed above. For additional resources about communication disorders, visit the website of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.