The Speech Umbrella

Recently, I was published on the ASHAsphere blog. I discussed some ways to collaborate with classroom teachers to support speech and language students’ needs at school. Part of the blog posting included links to a presentation I created that explains to teachers what Speech-Language Pathology looks like in the schools. I wanted to give you a more in depth look at this presentation and the accompanying handout at Sweet Speech. Click here to download this presentation at The BonBonSpeecher Store

In graduate school our profession was often referred to as the “Speech Umbrella” since communication disorders encompasses such a range of issues. All the images I have seen of this umbrella (eh-eh-eh…sorry, had to happen!!), were right side up with the areas of speech and language displayed on the covering itself.


I prefer this image, where the umbrella is representative of the SLP and the rain drops are the varying areas of our job.

Basically, I like the idea of getting wet! I want to jump in speech puddles and sing in the language rain!! Who’s with me? Slide3

With this presentation, I explain in
detail what each area of speech pathology looks like in the schools. I inform the teachers what the common terms are and how we can describe students with disorders appropriately using “person first language.”

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The handout is one I keep in my speech therapy meeting binder so that teachers, administrators, and parents can refer to it as needed. This handout is also nice to include at eligibility meetings in an informational packet so that parents can familiarize themselves with the terminology. You can grab “SLP terms for Teachers” in The BonBonSpeecherStore at TPT. Just click on the image above.

I hope these SWEETIES will be helpful to you. I will be presenting this information at the next faculty meeting at my school. I’ll be sure to update this post with some pictures of the presentation in action.