The Speech/Language Department at the NE BOCES has the largest number of employees. Speech/Language Specialists work in the school setting to help reduce or eliminate the problems that stem from speech and language disorders that interfere with a child’s ability to derive full benefit from the general education program. As part of our duties we conduct assessments and diagnosis of speech, voice, and language disorders. We are part of the screenings and referral process for those children suspected of having a speech or language delay. SLP’s develop appropriate individualized programs of therapy to meet individual needs of students with speech and language disorders. We maintain records and collect data on those children receiving speech/language services. We assist in providing in-service training and attend professional meetings and conferences.