What are some effective strategies for working with children who have speech and language impairments?

  • Model correct speech for students
  • Always teach new vocabulary in context
  • Provide plenty of time and opportunities for practicing new language skills
  • Use multisensory instruction
  • Communicate with families and other professionals to share information and strategies
  • Provide necessary supports including accommodations

Key Words for Educators

  • Modeling
  • Practice
  • Supports

Speech and Language Impairments … According to IDEA

  • Communication problems like stuttering, impaired articulation, a language or voice impairment
  • Negatively impact a student’s educational performance

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If You Listen, You Will Hear Us

Communication challenges cut across many different types of learning challenges, and they are often prevalent for individuals with multiple and profound disabilities.  A key point to remember is that there are many ways to communicate, and establishing a communication system is a key requirement for establishing autonomy, reducing behavioral challenges, and promoting a positive quality of life.  The number one rule is to work with the child to identify and implement a communication system that works for them.  Click here to view the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust from Great Britain eloquently demonstrates this approach.

Speech and Language Impairments: What Are They?

Drs. Paul Yoder and Clare Schuele, professors of special education at Vanderbilt University, explain the variety of speech and language disorders, and how they impact a variety of educational and independent skills.

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by The Johns Hopkins University School of Education Center for Technology in Education