Faith Reimer is a speech/language pathologist who worked for the Chicago Public Schools for 23 years; in this setting, she worked with all grade levels from preschool through high school. Prior to working for the Chicago Public Schools, she provided speech therapy services in medical settings, including the University of Illinois Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (recently renamed The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab). Faith has a BS degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and her MA degree in Speech/Language Pathology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
A speech/language evaluation provides valuable information regarding a child's receptive and expressive language, articulation, fluency, and voice. This information can then be used, in conjunction with input from the family and school, to determine whether the child could benefit from speech therapy services and/or a home program. The assessment can also be helpful in providing the classroom teacher with ideas for carryover and reinforcement.
I might tell this student that most people have challenges in one area or another, but strengths in other areas. I would discuss with the student the ways in which he is impressive - e.g., certain subjects in school, hobbies, sports, friendships. I would tell him that his teachers are going to develop strategies to help him address his learning challenges. If the child is old enough, I would encourage him to self-advocate for his needs in the school setting.
I have had great satisfaction in helping students improve their speech/language skills. It has been wonderful to provide students who stutter with strategies they can use to improve their fluency. It has also been very satisfying to help students improve their intelligibility and clear expression of ideas.
Talk to someone who cares. We'll listen to what's going on with your child, discuss their needs, answer your questions, and start to develop a plan for growth.