Tucker Maxon’s speech and language pathologist (SLP) offers speech and language services for children with hearing loss in preschool through the 5th grade. Additionally, the SLP consults with the early intervention specialist to provide evaluation services for children birth to three. Each child with a hearing loss is evaluated by our educational team annually (elementary grades) or twice annually (preschool and early intervention) to determine their eligibility, goals, and to track their progress. Each child with hearing loss has a 504 plan, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Our comprehensive evaluations include receptive and expressive language, receptive and expressive vocabulary, speech articulation, phonologic development, and conversational competence. Reaching a child’s academic, auditory, speech, and language goals is a collaborative effort, determined by the educational team and the parents.
Children receive individualized speech and language sessions in a one on one setting or small group. These services may be provided in a pull-out setting or in the classroom. Services are individualized to meet each child’s communication and educational needs. Sessions focus on the development of speech, language, literacy, listening, and thinking skills through an auditory-verbal approach. Our SLP works closely with teachers, parents, the audiologist, and other specialists (such as our Teachers of the Deaf) to provide comprehensive services to our children. Notes regarding goals and activities are sent to parents and caregivers weekly that also include ideas for how speech and language skills can be worked on at home. Parents of preschoolers also have the option of scheduling individual parent-training sessions to learn how to better support their children at home.
Our speech and language pathologist holds a master’s degree in speech and language pathology, has a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech and Hearing Association, and is licensed in Oregon to practice Speech and Language Pathology. Additionally, our SLP has or is working towards certification as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS).