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SLPs help children communicate to learn
SLPs help children communicate to learn

There can be many obstacles to learning, and it can be especially difficult for children struggling with communication disorders. The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) employs Speech-Language Pathologists at school districts all throughout the region to help children with disabilities learn to communicate – and communicate to learn.

A Speech-Language Pathologist is a speech therapist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders. Children are identified for treatment as early as age three.

“We work on not only articulation, but also language – such as vocabulary, understanding of qualitative and quantitative concepts, and prepositions. We also work on voice and fluency. In our school-aged program, the child’s language problem must adversely affect their educational performance,” said Ken Smith, regional direct services supervisor at the South Central Ohio ESC.

According to Smith, the ESC has Speech-Language Pathologists assisting about 750 students in school districts all throughout Jackson and Scioto County.

Amy Frazie has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for more than 20 years, and is now working with pre-school students at Jackson City School.

“It’s very rewarding because sometimes you think they’re not listening, and then all of the sudden they’re doing their sounds or their attempting to communicate with their teacher. It’s a lot of work, but it’s rewarding when you find something that works with a kid and they take off with it,” Frazie said.
After more than two decades, she said she still gets emotional when she sees a struggling child finally make a breakthrough.

“It’s an awesome occupation,” Frazie said.

The South Central Ohio ESC is currently hiring Speech-Language Pathologists to work in Jackson and Scioto County. Qualified Speech-Language Pathologists can submit a resume to Mr. Scott Holstein, Assistant Superintendent, South Central Ohio ESC, 522 Glenwood Ave., Room 165, New Boston, Ohio, 45662, or e-mail [email protected].

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