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Andrea Schmittgens

(630) 909-4915

Speech and Language

Hello, and welcome to my corner of the district! I am a "new face" here in District #34 this year and feel very grateful to be a member of the Winfield 34 family! I had the opportunity to complete my undergraduate education at Geneva College located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and my graduate coursework at Governors State University in University Park, IL.  Since receiving my Master's degree and my Clinical Certification of Competence in 2017, I've had the wonderful opportunity of working "across the lifespan" with both adults and children.  Most recently, I come to you from District 66, where I worked closely with children ages 3-5 years treating early language, speech sound, fluency, pragmatic and oral motor disorders. Outside of school, you can find me in the kitchen baking  scrumptious desserts, planning my next camping trip, or finding new ways to redecorate my house.

Mrs. Kayla Middel

Speech and Language Services

School based Speech/Language services are not intended to take the place of private therapy.  In the school setting, the Speech/Language Pathologist (SLP) focuses on improving a student’s ability to communicate in their educational program. Some of the areas which a school-based SLP may focus on can include:

o    Articulation (how students make their speech sounds)

o    Receptive Language (how well students understand what is said to them)

o    Expressive Language (how well students can say what they want to say)

o    Pragmatics (How students use their language in day to day or social ways)

o    Fluency (also known as stuttering)

School-based speech therapy may be delivered in the classroom to support a student’s educational needs.  Younger students often benefit and generalize skills more easily through play, music and movement activities, while primary and intermediate students may benefit from speech services that help support literacy.  If a student’s needs requires a different delivery model, services may be provided through sessions outside of the classroom either individually or in small groups.   

The SLP also supports teachers in developing programming for unique communication challenges such as augmentative communication devices, picture schedules, and/or sign language.