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EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION

REGARDING THE JANUARY 19, 2021 MEETING OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Bucks IU Board of School Directors will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm.  Prior to the Board Meeting, there will be a Finance Committee Meeting at 6:30 PM. Per the Bucks IU Health and Safety plan in response to COVID-19, the meetings will be held virtually and are open to the public.

To join the meeting(s), please use the following information.  If you have not used Zoom before, you may need to follow the program instructions to download the application prior to being able to join the meeting(s).  You may also join the meeting(s) via audio conference only using the Call-in number and Webinar ID below:

Finance Committee Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
https://bucksiu.zoom.us/j/92465375818?pwd=OWUxejlwSnA0TjUvOXlqQTk3c004dz09
Passcode: 288365
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 924 6537 5818

Board Meeting
Zoom (online video and audio):
https://bucksiu.zoom.us/j/93359748686?pwd=R2JLV05ocG8xZTNsYVRjSW1EcWV1dz09
Passcode: bucksiu
Audio only conference:
Call-in: 312 626 6799 - Webinar ID: 933 5974 8686

EMERGENCY ALERT NOTIFICATION
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Speech and Language Services

Speech therapist working with girl using hand gestures and magnetic alphabet magnets

We will evaluate and provide direct therapy and consultative services to children, ages three to 21, in need of support with communicative challenges. Our staff of 100+ American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Certified* Speech Language Pathologists and Assistants have nearly 1,000 hours of collective experience and knowledge to draw from to support the children we serve. Our service areas include:

  • Speech            
  • Articulation            
  • Fluency
  • Voice Disorders        
  • Phonology Disorders    
  • Pragmatic Language
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders        
  • Executive Functions

We offer services directly to children ages three to five through our Preschool Early Intervention Programs. Students between the ages of six and 21 must have their services/therapies contracted through their resident school district, who may then contract with us. Services are set up to be provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE), which for small children may be their home and for school-age children will often be in their school. Providing services in a child’s school allows us to incorporate and adapt therapies in an integrated fashion with the student’s curriculum for support in the areas of their school day that will provide them with the most help in achieving their academic objectives.

Early Intervention

The sooner intervention services, support, and therapies are able to be initiated, the greater the opportunity a child has for maximum growth and developmental gains prior to beginning elementary school. Early Intervention Services may close the achievement gap for children with disabilities and delayed development. We screen over 4,000 students each year to help determine who may need these supports and therapies. Children ranging in age from infants to age five can be evaluated by our highly skilled staff utilizing a wide variety of assessment tools to determine if the child qualifies for special education programming and related services. Early Intervention Services are provided at no cost to families.

Specialty Teams

Within our large team of over 100 speech and language pathologists and assistants, we have created smaller "specialized" teams who meet, research, attend programs, and collaborate on several distinct areas of specialization:

  • Oral Motor – evaluations and consultations for students with feeding challenges
  • Bilingual Support – for evaluations and consultations
  • Augmentative-Alternative Communications Team – providing consultations, recommendations, and support for use and adaptation of high and low tech supports to communication

*The Certificate of Clinical Competence (also known as the "Cs") is a nationally recognized professional credential that represents a level of excellence in the field of audiology (CCC-A) or speech-language pathology (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This credential certifies that our professionals possess the knowledge, skills, and expertise to provide high quality clinical services, and they actively engage in ongoing professional development to keep their certification current.