Speech-language therapy at Pathways Children's School focuses on improving our students' expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language skills. The speech language pathologists focus on utilizing all modes of communication including verbal and non-verbal language across all settings. The speech language pathologists at Pathways are highly trained and specialize in the selection and implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT). This includes low tech AAC (ex: picture symbols), mid tech AAC (ex: VOCA switch, 7-level communication builder), and high-tech AAC (ex: iPads, speech generating devices). They work to find appropriate access points for switches as well as the most efficient methods for students to communicate (eye gaze, switch access, direct selection, etc). Sessions are conducted individually as well as in small groups to promote social language skills. The speech language pathologists strive to implement communication systems that will allow students to be functional and independent communicators across all environments.
The speech language pathologists implement feeding and swallowing therapy along with oral motor therapy. Speech language pathologists target oral motor skills, sensory aversions, and dysphagia to improve student engagement with of a variety of textures and tastes. Collaboration with staff members is utilized to ensure safety of feeding and swallowing during mealtimes.