speech and LANGUAGE

DISORDERS

communication disorders 

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines speech/language impairment as “a communication disorder such as stuttering, impaired articulation, language impairment or a voice impairment that adversely affects a student’s educational performance.” 

Fluency disorder means the intrusion or repetition of sounds, syllables, and words; prolongation of sounds; avoidance of words; silent blocks; or inappropriate inhalation, exhalation, or phonation patterns. These patterns may also be accompanied by facial and body movements associated with the effort to speak.

Voice disorder means the absence of voice or presence of abnormal quality, pitch, resonance, loudness, or duration.

Articulation disorder means the absence of or incorrect production of speech sounds or phonological processes that are developmentally appropriate (e.g. lisp, difficulty articulating certain sounds, such as l or r). 

Language disorder means a breakdown in communication as characterized by problems in expressing needs, ideas, or information that may be accompanied by problems in understanding.




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sPEECH AND LANGUAGE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED IN EVERY DISTRICT WITHIN THE SOUTHERN MINNESOTA EDUCATION CONSORTIUM (s.m.e.c.). pRESENTLY S.M.E.C. UTILIZES SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AS WELL AS SPEECH LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS.


Steven Pittelko - SLP

Speech services coordinator

contact: (507) 282-7978


Elizabeth Brumbaugh - SLP

Kingsland and Glenville-emmons


megan rahn - slp

​lyle, alden-conger, and southland elem.


Anne Marie Spates - SLP

Alden-conger


madeline anderson - slp assistant

grand meadow and leroy


katie bissen - slp assistant

southland ecse


steve castro - slp assistant

kingsland and leroy