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Speech/Language Services
Debra Forcina, Special Education Supervisor 
Summer Tucker, Special Education Facilitator  
Andrew Johnson Building, 9th Floor, Phone (865) 594-1535

Mission:
 
The Knox County Schools speech-language, hearing, and vision personnel assess, identify, and program for students with communication and sensory disabilities. Our goal is to identify their needs, support their education, and facilitate their development to become active members of a diverse global society.



The Knox County Speech Language Program provides direct contact services for eligible students in individual, small group and/or classroom settings.  In addition, consultative services are provided to the classroom teachers regarding appropriate classroom modifications, instructional materials and techniques and strategies designed to meet the unique communication needs of each eligible student.

The Speech Language Program is responsible for identifying and servicing eligible students and assisting other educators in their efforts to improve learning.  Speech Language Specialists participate in School Support Team meetings as needed or requested.  They screen language, articulation, voice, fluency and/or hearing as requested by the S-Team and they provide intervention strategies and services as indicated prior to completing comprehensive evaluations of language, articulation, voice and fluency.  The SLS’s participate in Individual Education Program Team (IEP) meetings and assist the IEP Team in determining eligibility for services and in designing an appropriate Individual Education Program and serve as Case Manager when designated.  They prepare instructional plans and materials to address individual student needs, coordinating efforts with other educational staff as needed.  The Speech and Language Program services compliment the general education curriculum and provide support for skills impacted by the student’s speech/language disability. 

The Speech Language Program reviews, field tests and shares information regarding new diagnostic tests, instructional materials and service delivery strategies as well as information from attendance at professional conferences, workshops, conventions, etc.



Links to websites outside the Knox County School System web site do not imply endorsement of those sites, nor any products, approaches, or ideas, etc. found at those sites but are provided as a source of information that might be helpful when considering a student's learning needs.

 

           

Videos and Podcasts
Additional Information
Information for parents about developmental ages for speech and language development.
Announcements
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It Takes Two to Talk - Hanen Parent Training Program
Knox County Schools is pleased to offer Hanen's It Takes Two to Talk Parent Training Program.  This intensive parent education program is designed for parents of children up to age 6 who have challenges with communication.  The program consists of 8 parent education sessions along with home visits to enhance your day to day interaction skills with your child.  Please contact Rachael Dewey at 594-5035 for more information.  Our next session will begin in January 2013, but we are taking names and information at this time.
Files
 SLS Assignments1 - listed by school - 13-14.doc
Speech/Language Specialist School Assignments 2013-2014
Contacts
+ Forcina, Debra -- Special Education Supervisor
+ Ewoldt, Annie - Adminstrative Secretary
+ Tucker , Summer - - Special Education Facilitator
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