Speech-language pathologists conduct assessments of and provide therapy for, speech (articulation) and language difficulties. Receiving therapy from a speech pathologist is a special education service for which children must qualify under state and federal law. One major factor in determining eligibility is whether or not a child’s articulation or language skills are negatively impacting their performance in the classroom. A child with a speech dysfluency, yet who copes well in the classroom would not necessarily qualify for speech language services. The development of strong language skills is perhaps the most important prerequisite for learning language arts (reading, writing, etc.) in school. Speech-language pathologists are an excellent resource for teachers and parents in helping children, especially young children, in developing competent language skills.