Marilyn Nippold succinctly highlights the reasons that speech-language pathologists belong in the classroom working side by side with classroom teachers to assist children with language disorders. Using norm-referenced testing and language samples to identify a child’s deficits, a qualified speech-language pathologist will institute an individualized, intensive intervention program that allows the child to meet functional, achievable goals. Through their collaborative efforts, speech-language pathologists and teachers can ensure that children with language disorders not only meet the language demands of the classroom, but acquire the skills for long-term success.

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