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
madeline anderson - slp assistant
grand meadow and leroy
katie bissen - slp assistant
steve castro - slp assistant
kingsland and leroy