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Contact Information:
Trish Gunshore, Coordinator of Special Services
pgunshore@aacps.org
410 279-1072

Fran Silverman, M.A., CCC-SLP
New SLP Support Facilitator
410-693-7457

Special Education

Speech and Language Services

Overview

Anne Arundel County Public Schools, through the Special Education Department's Special Services office, provide speech-language services to all eligible students. These services are provided by certified and licensed Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) who have the expertise to work with students having a wide range of disabilities and diverse educational needs.

Speech-Language Pathologists are professionally trained to screen, assess, identify and provide therapy for students with articulation, fluency, voice and language needs. Within the educational environment, Speech-Language Pathologists assist students with communication needs in order support learning. A comprehensive assessment and thorough evaluation provide information for appropriate decision-making in eligibility, implementation and dismissal decisions. Speech-Language Pathologists develop and implement plans consistent with current research and practice.

Speech-Language Pathologists utilize a variety of service delivery models depending on the unique needs of the student. Students can be seen outside of the classroom (pull-out), inside of the classroom (push-in) or both. Services can be direct or indirect or a combination of the two. Consultation and collaboration with all stakeholders is vital to ensure meaningful curricula access and generalization of communication skills. The Speech-Language Pathologist plays an important role on the educational team in order to facilitate academic success for all students.

Students, who are eligible, may receive Speech-Language services as either a special education or as a related service. Services are determined to be related services when they are required to assist a student in receiving benefit from his/her special education services.

Referrals

Birth to 3: Referrals for children Birth-3 years of age should be directed to the Infants and Toddlers Program 410-222-6911.

Children Ages 3-5: Referrals for preschool children 3-5 years of age should be made to Child Find 410-766-6662.

School Age Students K-12: All referrals for school aged students K-12 should be made to their home school.

Students attending Private/Religious Schools: All referrals for students attending Private/Religious Schools in K-12 should be made to Deborah Merelman 410-222-5479.

Resources

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
www.asha.org 

Maryland Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHA)
www.mdslha.org 

To find resources available in the State of Maryland