• Speech-Language Pathology

     The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) employs Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) committed to servicing students whose communication impairments adversely affect their educational performance. Areas of communication impairments include: articulation, receptive and/or expressive language, fluency (stuttering), hearing impairment, and voice.


    Licensed SLPs work closely with educational teams to identify and serve students with difficulties in the area of communication. In addition to the student's parents, these teams may include regular education teachers, intervention specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, school psychologists, other specialists, and administrators. 

    Speech-Language Pathology services include: 
    • Diagnostic services for students aged 0 – 22 years.
    • Direct services, including assessment, interventions and evaluations for students with speech-language disabilities in preschool and school-age programs (students aged 3 – 22).
    • Direct services to students in individual, small group or classroom settings.
    • Development of Individualized Education Plans for students qualifying with speech-language impairments.
    • Consultation with classroom teachers, intervention specialists, paraprofessionals, other school service providers, outside agency providers and/or parents related to meet the needs of students with speech-language impairments.
    • Collaboration with classroom teachers or intervention specialists to provide an integrated intervention program to meet the needs of students with speech-language impairments.
    • Referrals to medical professionals as necessary.


    Supervision, consultation , and professional development opportunities are also provided to districts upon request. In addition, Assistive Technology consultations and evaluations as well as Hearing Impairment consultation and support are available upon request.  

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    Assistive Technology

    The Mahoning County Educational Service Center provides Assistive Technology (A.T.) consultation and assessment services to support a student, staff member(s), parent(s), or a classroom. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act -IDEA (Public Law 105-17) defines assistive technology devices and services in the following manner: 

    • An assistive technology device is an item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.
    • An assistive technology service is any service that directly assists a child with a disability in the selection, acquisition, and use of an assistive technology device. 


    Types of A.T. assistance


    • Consultation regarding purchasing or upgrading AT software/materials/devices in the areas of communication, language arts or math.  
    • Obtaining a loan/rental of A.T. materials, devices, etc.
    • Troubleshooting/Repairing of A.T. materials
    • Visually structuring a classroom
    •  Utilizing the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
    •  Assessing a student's skills in the areas of communication, computer access, reading, writing or math
    •  Assessing a student for utilizing low tech A.T. switches to access classroom equipment, computer programs or adapted instructional materials
    • Assessing a student for using a low or high tech communication device
    • Training on the use of a communication device, software programs and AT materials
    • Assist in determining funding options for AT
    • Support educators in developing AT strategies to support the participation and success of children with a range of abilities.    
    • Coordinate therapies, interventions, services and programs for AT within the school environment


    School districts may request AT consultations and/or evaluations by contacting P.Robertson@Mahoningesc.org.  


     Services for Students with Hearing Impairment 

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    Preschoolers:   T.A.L.L.K. Program -Teaching Audition, Language, and Learning to Kids 

    The Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) has established a continuum of services for children with hearing impairment beginning at the preschool level. Services are provided on a team basis. Team members consist of parents/families, speech language pathologists, intervention specialists, classroom teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and audiologists.

    Currently, we provide a full day preschool program 4 days per week. Each day is divided into two separate specially designed classrooms. The morning is designated for pre-teaching and individualized instruction using an auditory-oral approach, while the afternoon is spent in an inclusion preschool classroom for review of concepts and socialization with typical hearing peers.


    Other Services for Students of All Ages with Hearing Impairments

    • Providing individualized speech-language therapy services
    • Aiding in the selection of FMs and sound field technologies
    • Providing professional development for teachers and classmates about children with hearing loss
    • Teaching educators and related personnel basic troubleshooting of hearing aids and cochlear implants
    • Providing information on materials needed to maintain hearing equipment in the school setting, such as: sensor wands, batteries, hearing aid care kits, and stethoscopes
    • Distributing handouts on cochlear implant precautions and classroom accommodations
    • Maintaining a communication notebook between the related professionals involved in working with individual students
    • Pre-and post-teaching of vocabulary and concepts taught in the classroom
    • Providing collaborative lessons with classroom teachers

    School districts may request an HI consultations by contacting P.Robertson@Mahoningesc.org.  


    Patricia Robertson
    Supervisor of Speech Pathology
    (330) 533-8755 ext 1086