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The Speech Language Hearing Department (SLH) of the Mount Vernon City School District  (MVCSD) is a division of the Student Services Department. Speech language pathologists, speech language clinicians, and a district audiologist. We are fortunate to have clinicians with multilingual language experience including Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and Caribbean varieties of English. Speech Language Pathologists in the MVCSD have certificates of clinical competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). In order to maintain this certification demonstrated continuous study is required. Each month, our staff participates in professional development in order to enhance skills that will ensure state of the art therapeutic services for students. Therapy provided for students follow guidelines from ASHA and the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions (NYSEDOP).

Each school has an Instructional Support Team (IST). The IST meets with parents to help determine how to support children with their educational needs. Parents are a critical part of the child’s educational success. Partnership between children and their families is the only sustainable way to help students gain the most benefit from their experiences in school and from therapeutic intervention should he or she require support.

The SLH staff provides a range of services including consultation, response to intervention (RTI), building level support services, and direct therapy for children with disabilities. Children with disabilities identified by the Committee for Special Education receive therapy according to the frequency and duration mandated in their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Children who need to improve their communication may qualify for services as non-disabled students. Programs vary across schools. Parents may also be guided to community-based services including hospitals, universities, and agencies upon request.

If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language, or learningcontact the Instructional Support Team (IST) in your child’s school.

Parents of children attending private and parochial schools in Mount Vernon arealso welcome to share concerns about their child's communication.Please contact Dr. Davidson at (914) 358-2408 or via email atcdavidson@mtvernoncsd.org for more information.

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