Darcy Ramsdell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Certified Autism Specialist
Speech-Language Pathology: A Team Approach
Good speaking, listening and thinking skills are critical to a child's academic success. Speech Language Pathologists are a vital part of the total educational team of our schools. They work with administrators, teachers, parents, social workers, behavior analysts, psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, and other special education staff on behalf of students with communication impairments. Depending on the nature and severity of the disorder, remediation strategies may consist of direct individual or group therapy, services integrated in the regular classroom or vocational setting, or indirect services through monitoring or consultation with the classroom and/or special education teacher. Services are individualized for each student, are based on the student's total educational program, and take into account the range of ability and performance of students within the school setting. Speech language pathologists provide communication services for the following impairments that adversely affect the student's educational performance in the areas of:
Articulation: Decreased intelligibility in connected speech as a result of sound substitutions, omissions, additions and/or distortions or inappropriate use of phonological processes.
Language: Impairments in the comprehension and/or expression of spoken language. This may include one or more of the following components of the language system: word retrieval, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.
Fluency: Consistent interruptions in the airflow and rhythm of speech.
Voice: Frequent and consistent deletions in intensity, pitch, resonance/ability inappropriate for age, gender or ability.
Professional Biography: I hold a Master of Science degree in
Communication Sciences and Disorders with a concentration in Disorders of
Language and Literacy from the University of New Hampshire. In addition, I hold a
graduate certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders and am a Certified Autism Specialist.
I have been certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in
Speech Language Pathology and hold Maine State certification.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at