Speech Language Pathologist

At St. Bernard Academy, our Speech-Language Pathologist provides assessment and intervention services for students in Junior Kindergarten - 8th Level who demonstrate an impairment or delay.

For more information on services provided, see below or click here to contact our Speech-Language Pathologist, Lauren Duckworth.

Services Provided

The Speech-Language Pathologist provides assessment and intervention services for students in Junior Kindergarten - 8th Level who demonstrate an impairment or delay in the following areas:

Speech sound articulation

Fluency/stuttering

Language

  • Vocabulary/figurative language
  • Listening comprehension/following directions
  • Reading comprehension
  • Written expression
  • Verbal expression
  • Critical thinking

Social pragmatic language

Phonological awareness

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

Children’s speech and language skills develop at different rates, and there is a broad range of normal. One child may have perfect articulation by age three, while another child may still have sound errors in kindergarten. If you have concerns about your child’s speech or language development, speak to your child’s teacher about requesting an observation by the speech pathologist.  

How frequently will my child attend speech-language therapy?

Frequency of therapy varies based on a child’s needs.  Most students are seen 1-2 times per week. Sessions range from a half period to a full period in length and are scheduled during non-academic classes. In some instances, a child’s needs may exceed what can be addressed within the school setting. In those cases, the speech pathologist will provide resources for outside intervention.

Will my child be seen individually or in a small group?

Some students are seen in a small group and others are seen individually.  Students are only grouped if the students’ needs and therapy goals are similar and the students are close in age.  

Is there an additional fee for speech-language therapy?

Speech-language assessments and therapy are provided for students in Junior Kindergarten - 8th Level at no additional cost.

My son can use comprehension and expression tools he learns in  language services in other classes, like science and math.

Current Upper School Parent