Welcome to Speech and Language Services

Speech therapy services are provided to those students who have been found to have a need for specially designed instruction in one or more of the following areas:

1.  Articulation skills--how to pronounce sounds correctly to be understood when speaking in all learning activities.

2.  Language skills--understanding spoken language and using language correctly to fully participate in all learning activities.

3.  Voice skills--having a sufficient vocal volume and quality to be able to speak and be heard in all learning activities.

4.  Fluency skills--having fluent speech that allows listeners to attend to the intended communication message.

I work as a team member with other special education staff and general education staff and the students' families to improve students' communication skills.   This includes consulting with staff and families and helping with general education interventions as appropriate for each student.

 To be considered for speech therapy as a special education service the following three questions must be addressed:  

  • is there a documented speech/language impairment?
  • does the impairment adversely affect the student's educational performance?
  • does the student's impairment require specially designed instruction?

If you have any questions about these services or the process used to determine if speech therapy is needed in the educational setting please contact me:

253-571-2908 or lzehnde@tacoma.k12.wa.us