The Hillside School employs a full-time speech/language pathologist. Students’ speech and language skills are evaluated on an on-going basis. An initial evaluation is completed using standardized tests after being enrolled in the school. Focus areas are identified from the evaluation, observation, and teacher input. Students are re-evaluated every other year thereafter and upon exiting to a new school.
Students receive a minimum of one small group therapy lesson each week. Teachers are provided with information from the lessons and are encouraged to use the language skills in their classrooms. Areas of focus include the following:
- Semantics and verbal expression
- Syntax and grammar
- Auditory memory and processing
- Phonological awareness
- Critical thinking
The speech/language pathologist provides information regarding students’ language skills to parents, teachers, and other professionals on a regular basis.
In addition, the service of a Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit speech/language pathologist is provided for articulation therapy once a week.