Our school-based speech-language pathology professionals work with students who have difficulty communicating their thoughts and ideas to others, more officially known as a Speech-Language Impairment (SLI). Students with SLI present with a wide-array of unique learning abilities and challenges. Some may have difficulty pronouncing sounds, learning new vocabulary words, or making friends. Although some students may be identified as only SLI, others may have SLI in conjunction with another area of need, such as a learning disability or autism. Regardless, SLI impedes a student’s ability to access and learn the general education curriculum and can result in poor to no academic achievement.
A speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of the special education team. They provide prereferral intervention (Response to Intervention-RTI), evaluation, and therapy for students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. A speech-language pathology assistant (SLPA) provides therapy and support to students under the supervision of a licensed SLP per Arizona Statutes. Our therapists work closely with parents, teachers, related service providers, and administrators to ensure your students get the services they need to be successful in school.
Ridge Zeller Therapy’s speech-language professionals are well-versed in evidence-based and cost-effective therapy approaches. We are skilled diagnosticians who use a wide variety of speech-language assessments. Ridge Zeller Therapy provides on-site support to our providers to ensure our staff exceeds your expectations.
We have specialists in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders, low and high tech augmentative alternative communication (AAC) systems, receptive language, expressive language, social skills, articulation, dyslexia, cognitive impairments, and learning disabilities. We provide ongoing ADE paperwork compliance training to our providers. In addition, we are credentialed by the AZ Departments of Health and Education and are qualified to bill Medicaid eligible services.
Licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologists and assistants will work with your students to acheive their goals and maximize academic outcomes.