Classroom Modifications for Speech & Language Disorders

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Students who have speech and language disorders can still succeed in the classroom. This lesson offers some modifications that will help these students learn.

Speech and Language Disorders

Ms. Rogers teaches fourth grade in an inclusive public elementary school. For the past several years, she has had multiple students in her class with diagnosed speech and language disorders. Speech and language disorders are disabilities that impact students' ability to understand and produce speech and language.

Ms. Rogers has come to understand that there is a wide variety of speech and language disorders. Some students may struggle with hearing or with auditory processing, which helps them make sense of what they have heard. Others struggle with pronunciation, while still others may have a hard time with the organization or pragmatics, meaning the social and communicative aspect of language.

No two students with speech and language disorders are the same, but Ms. Rogers has learned that they face many similar struggles in the classroom. They often struggle in social situations, with literacy, and in completing language-embedded tasks, which are activities and assignments that require a great deal of language.

While students with speech and language disorders often work with a speech and language pathologist trained to help them with their struggles, Ms. Rogers also sees it as her responsibility to create modifications, or changes in her classroom practice, that allow these students to succeed.

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