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Who We Are

Kootenay Lake School District SLPs are specially trained professionals who have earned a master’s or doctoral degree and are registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC. SD No. 8 SLPs provide screening, assessment, intervention and consultation in and support the understanding and use of language, speech, voice, fluency, augmentative communication, literacy and social communication.

What We Do

  • Prevention of communication disorders
  • Identification of students at risk for later problems
  • Assessment of students’ communication skills
  • Evaluation of the results of comprehensive assessments
  • Development and implementation of IEPs Documentation of outcomes
  • Collaboration with teachers and other professionals
  • Advocacy for teaching practices
  • Participation in research projects
  • Supervision of assistants

SLPs work with students in a variety of ways:

  • Combine communication goals with academic and social goals
  • Integrate classroom objectives
  • Help students understand and use basic language concepts
  • Support reading and writing
  • Increase students’ understanding of texts and lessons

Services can vary depending on student needs:

  • Monitoring or periodic screening
  • Collaborating and consulting
  • Classroom-based services
  • Small group or individual sessions
  • Speech classrooms

Referral Criteria

Possible reasons for referrals may include:

  • Difficulty with speech  sounds/voice/fluency
  • Difficulty with receptive/expressive/social language
  • a suggestion in a report from the school-based team or community professional
  • Parent concerns regarding speech and/or language

Possible Interventions to date:

  • Discussion with school SLP
  • Pre-school SLP intervention
  • SLP intervention at previous school