Classroom Based Services
SLPs Provide many different services in schools. Therapy can be in the classroom, while the classroom teacher teaches the rest of the class or in a separate setting with the child and SLP alone. Classroom based services allow the SLP to work with a child while the classroom teacher continues to deliver his/her lesson to the class.
Why classroom based services?
- Instruction in the classroom allows for generalization in a natural setting.
- In the classroom there is incidental communication, which allows the SLP and the student to work on communication in a functional way.
- Functional therapy allows for more progress within academic, social, and emotional domains.
- Targeting speech and language goals in the classroom allows SLPs to relate the student’s goals to current academic curriculum in a more functional way.
- It allows for children with disabilities to be taught in the least restrictive environment and encourage peer inclusion and interaction.
- It can help the classroom teacher learn strategies to help their students and help the SLP better understand their student’s needs in the classroom and in a functional communication setting.
- Studies show that areas such as writing, oral language, curriculum based language, phonological awareness, and vocabulary can be positively impacted by having SLP and teacher collaboration for curriculum based services.