Speech-Language Pathologists

Our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide special education services to children with a wide variety of speech and language disorders.

Speech-language pathologists:

  • Identify and evaluate students with speech, language, and related problems.
  • Plan and conduct activities to improve a student's speaking, listening, and other language skills.
  • Collaborate with parents, caregivers, teachers, and other professionals in understanding and meeting a student's speech, language, and academic needs.
  • Monitor and document the effectiveness of treatment and student progress.
  • Provide early intervention services to students by conducting hearing screenings, participating in SRBI teams, and consulting with staff and parents.
  • Write reports to describe student speech-language assessments and progress.
  • Train and supervise paraprofessionals and ABA providers.

The development of age-appropriate speech and language skills is essential to the learning process and to a student's social and emotional growth. Children must be able to comprehend the language, express their thoughts, request explanations from the teacher and produce speech that others can easily understand.

The Bethel School District provides a continuum of services for students who demonstrate a need to improve their speech/language skills. It is just one of the many programs we offer in support of students who may have special needs. We hope you will find this information helpful in understanding what the program is and how it can help your child.

Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility Criteria
Websites for speech and language activities

NEW May 2015:
Please visit the Bethel Public Schools' SLP Pinterest Page!  We have created boards such as Tips for Parents, Tips for Teachers, and various boards for speech-language apps.  
Bethel SLP Pinterest Page

For more information about speech, language, and hearing disorders, visit The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website.

Bethel Public Schools SLP Department Staff

All of Bethel’s Speech-Language Pathologists
are required to have:

Licensure by the CT Department of Health and Certification by the CT State Dept. of Education

CCC-SLP indicates Certificate of Clinical Competence from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Susan DeWitt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Berry Elementary School/High School, 203-794-8728
dewitts@bethel.k12.ct.us

Valerie DeWitt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Rockwell Elementary School, 203-830-7305
dewittv@bethel.k12.ct.us

Kate Hamylak, M.S., CCC-SLP
Bethel Middle/High School, 203-794-8727
hamylakk@bethel.k12.ct.us

Catherine Lakatos, M.S. , CCC-SLP
Berry Elementary School, 203-794-8728
lakatosc@bethel.k12.ct.us

Elizabeth Rey, M.S., CCC-SLP
Johnson Elementary School/High School, 203-794-8721
reye@bethel.k12.ct.us

Melissa Salierno, M.S., CCC-SLP
Circle of Friends Preschool, 203-794-8728
saliernom@bethel.k12.ct.us