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Speech Language Services

About our Speech-Language Therapists

The North Clackamas School District Speech and Language Program consists of a dedicated staff of over 20 qualified speech-language pathologists who serve students in elementary through high school settings throughout the district. Our therapists are state licensed, and many also are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

School-based speech-language therapy is provided for students who have difficulty communicating.  A child with a communication disorder may receive therapy in one or more of the following domains:

  • Articulation: the production of speech sounds
  • Language: the comprehension or expression of spoken language
  • Fluency: the flow with which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together when speaking
  • Social Communication: the ability to understand and interact in social contexts, both verbally and nonverbally
  • Voice: vocal quality, pitch or loudness

Our district therapists have specialized knowledge and training to support a varied range of additional supports for our students, including:

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Bilingual Assessment
  • Pediatric Feeding
  • Hearing Screening
  • Preschool Assessment

Tips for Supporting Students Who Have a Communication Delay

  • Plan activities which include sound awareness and discrimination
  • Sing songs, read stories and play games that emphasize letter sounds
  • Break directions into smaller, 1-2 part chunks
  • Frequently check in for understanding
  • Make words and concepts as concrete as possible by using real-life items or examples
  • Use visuals and graphic organizers for directions, daily routines, and new concepts
  • Provide multiple opportunities/repetitions for learning new concepts
  • Talk frequently with students about topics that are of high interest to them
  • "Go one level up" - imitate a student’s verbal expression and add one word to model expanded language at his/her appropriate learning level
  • Incorporate role-playing, story-telling and play-acting into activities
  • Encourage students to tell you what they want rather than anticipating their needs
  • Minimize interruptions, competition and quiz-like questioning
  • Model acceptance for individual differences

To learn about the NCSD Speech-Language Program, please contact our direct line at 503-353-6125

Graduate students interested in pursuing a practicum with North Clackamas School District should ask their university supervisor to contact  Human Resources at 503-353-6000 . All practicum assignments will be provided by Human Resources.

Useful Resources for Families

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Speech-Language Developmental Milestones and Charts

Autism Speaks

Apraxia Kids

The Stuttering Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Hearing Loss in Children

American Sign Language Access

International Dyslexia Association