Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are specially trained professionals who have earned a Master’s degree in their field. Department of Education’s Speech-Language Pathologists are members of interdisciplinary educational teams and provide a range of services (i.e., consultation, assessment, programming, training, community liaison, etc.) to support students with speech, language and communication needs, within the educational setting. They work collaboratively with school staff to provide an understanding of students’ oral language and social communication, literacy development, behaviour and general ability to participate in the classroom.
The role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Yukon schools may include:
Supporting school staff in identifying students with oral and written language difficulties (speaking, listening, reading, writing and social development)
Providing screenings of early developing literacy skills
Assessing oral and written language skills
As members of the school-based teams, consulting with parents/guardians and school staff to identify goals, strategies and resources to assist students
Developing and monitoring individualized programs
Providing professional development for school personnel
Communication Assistants are Educational Assistants with specialized training, who support the delivery of speech-language pathology services, under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologists. They carry out treatment plans to address the speech and language needs of students in schools and assist in screening students' communication skills.