Speech and Language Support Services (SLS) in public school settings are provided to facilitate the development of effective and efficient communication skills so that students, ages 5 to 21 years, can access their school curriculum and participate as fully as possible in educational, social, and vocational endeavors. Students are identified for special education services, such as speech-language support, through the IEP team process. School-based SLS are provided only when a communication disorder directly impacts a student’s educational performance and requires the specially designed instruction from the speech and language specialist. As members of school-based teams, speech therapists provide these services for communication disorders that include: articulation, language, fluency, and voice.
SLS are also available for children ages 3-5 through the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Preschool Program.