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Speech and Language Services

Speech/Language services focus on supporting students with a communication disorder in areas such as articulation, fluency, language, voice, and hearing loss. Service providers include Speech/Language Specialists and Certified Speech-Language Program Assistants.

The Willamette ESD Special Education program provides speech and language services for children/students who are birth through 21 years of age.

Services for children birth through five years of age are provided in homes, intervention groups, toddler groups, clinics, and/or preschools. For information about speech and language services for a child birth through five years old, please contact EI/ECSE Evaluation Intake Specialists at 503.385.4714 or 1.800.560.4666, ext. 4714

School-aged students (ages 5 – 21) are provided services in their educational setting. Depending on the student’s individual educational needs, services can range from direct instruction to consultation services for instructional staff. For information about speech and language services for a school-aged student, please contact the student’s current school.

Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) services provide education-based services for children and students with specialized communication needs. AAC specialists are licensed speech/language pathologists with specific training in the technology, software, systems, and devices that provide communication access for children. For more information about AAC services, please contact the child/student’s educational team.

Speech/Language and AAC Services may include:

  • Evaluation
  • Consultation and collaboration with educational teams and other agencies
  • Assistance in developing and implementing communication systems
  • Staff training regarding the use of devices
  • Problem-solving/troubleshooting equipment and software (for augmentative communication systems)
  • Equipment loan library
  • Assistance in the development of goals and services for a student’s IFSP or IEP or other educational plans

Referral for AAC services for WESD Consortium School Districts


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

Chemeketa Speech-Language Pathology Assistant program

Oregon Speech-Langauge & Hearing Association (OSHA) 

Contact Information

    Coordinator: Dana Pedersen
    Phone: 503.385.4575 Fax: 503.588.5681