Speech & Language

Shelbie Karl, [email protected]

Nine Mile Falls Elementary School

Lakeside Middle School

Lakeside High School

Samantha Fantin, Sfantin@9mile.org

Lake Spokane Elementary School

Speech Language therapy is provided in the Nine Mile School District for students who qualify for the program. This service is available to students from the ages of three to twenty-one years. Students are referred to a certificated Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) by parents, guardians, or classroom teachers. After a student is screened, further evaluation will be determined by the SLP. Parents will receive a referral packet. Testing will target areas of concern which may include: speech/articulation, language, fluency, and voice.

  • Speech (articulation):
    The manner in which speech sounds are pronounced
  • Language:
    How one understands and/or expresses information to others
  • Fluency (stuttering):
    Repetitions, prolongations, hesitations, & other interruptions in the flow of speech that interfere with communication
  • Voice:
    Deviation in pitch, intensity, or quality that interferes with communication

After the evaluation is completed, parents will be invited to an Evaluation/IEP meeting. Goals and objectives will be written for each student based on the results of the evaluations. The SLP carefully sequences instruction and maintains data about student progress. An individual education program (IEP) meeting will be held annually to discuss progress and update objectives.