S.M.E.C.

Southern Minnesota Education Consortium

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 THREE SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS AS WELL AS THREE SPEECH LANGUAGE ASSISTANTS.


​Steve Pittelko - SLP

Speech services coordinator

contact: (507) 282-7978


Rachel Rachut - SLP

Kingsland and LeRoy


Anne Marie Spates - SLP

Alden-conger


maddie besta - slp assistant

lyle and glenville-emmons


katie bissen - slp assistant

southland


steve castro - slp assistant

grand meadow and leroy


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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