Special Education students at Lake of the Woods School can receive services from numerous providers as indicated on the students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP) including: Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, and Special Education Resource.

From the Desk of Amy Potts
Speech-Language Pathologist
Lake of the Woods ISD #390

A Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is sometimes called a Speech Therapist, Speech Clinician, or Speech Teacher. SLPs assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to communication, speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, and fluency.

Educational Speech-Language Pathologists work in the school setting with students who have difficulty communicating due to the following disorders:

  • Articulation – students who cannot produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly
  • Fluency – those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering
  • Voice – students with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch, harsh voice, vocal nodules or vocal misuse and abuse
  • Language – those with problems understanding and producing language and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders

School based Speech-Language Pathologists work with a variety of students ranging from average ability students to students who have disabilities including autism, learning disabilities, etc. SLPs develop an individualized plan of education (IEP) for each student’s needs. For individuals with little or no speech capability, Speech-Language Pathologists may select augmentative or alternative communication methods (automated devices, picture boards/books, sign language, etc.) and teach their use.

A master’s degree is the most common level of education among Speech-Language Pathologists and licensure through the state of MN is also necessary. The Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) is a national certification offered by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The Lake of the Woods School Speech-Language Pathologist is Amy Potts. She has her master’s degree from the University of North Dakota and her national Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC-SLP) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. If you have any questions about your child’s speech-language skills or development, you may contact Amy at

phone at 218-634-2056 ext. 1553.

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