Regions 5 & 7 Speech/Language Community of Practice

Supporting speech and language needs in low-incidence disability areas

The Regions 5 & 7 Low-Incidence Project supports 15 educational agencies encompassing 61 Minnesota school districts. The overall mission of the LI Project is to ensure that students with low-incidence disabilities receive services from licensed staff who are trained in evidence-based practices. 

Examples of LI disabilities include: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Blind/Visually Impaired,  Deaf/Blind, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physically Impaired, Developmentally-Cognitively Impaired, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

The focus of the Speech/Language Community of Practice is to support the mission of the LI Project through resources and trainings for speech-language pathologists and other licensed staff in three primary focus areas: assistive technology, visual supports, and social language assessment and intervention. 

We've assembled our resources in the underlined links below. 

Service Models

The committee has had many discussions about how to manage increasing caseload demands and continue to provide quality services to students in low-incidence populations. Check out two options we've explored here.

E-Learning Days?

Is your district planning to move to e-learning days in place of snow days?  Take a look at the Distance Learning and Teletherapy resources linked to the "Digital Resources" button.

Let's Get Digital

In order to support our SLP peeps out there, we are working to assemble and share resources for working with low-incidence populations during the COVID pandemic and subsequent distance learning periods. Check out what we've found so far in the link below. These are great resources for anyone who is venturing into teletherapy practice.

There are also a few great resources that you can continue to use for in-person therapy, especially if you need low to no-prep options. 

Looking for something you didn't find on our site? Have a question for the committee?