Degrees and Certifications:
Graduate of Cartersville High School (2000) Bachelor of Science in Education-Speech Language Pathology University of West Georgia (2005) Masters of Education-Speech Language Pathology University of West Georgia (2007)
Ms. Tara Scoggins
♥ Welcome! ♥
My name is Tara Scoggins, and I currently serve as one of Cartersville City School's Speech-Language Pathologist.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines Speech-Language Pathologists as professionals who work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
•Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has problems with his/her voice or resonance.
•Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language) or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
•Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may include communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting, commenting, asking questions), talking in different ways to suit the listener and setting, and following rules for conversation and story-telling.
•Cognitive-communication disorders including problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem solving. These disorders usually happen as a result of a traumatic brain injury, although they can be congenital.
•Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties, which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke or injury. These are not typically addressed in the school setting.
•Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
•Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehension disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological disorders.
•Provide counseling and consultative services.
I am a product of Cartersville City Schools, and it is such a privilege to serve in the system I once attended. In addition to serving the students at CHS, I also provide therapy for students at CES, students in the Hospital-Homebound setting, private school and daycare locations, and students attending the Georgia Network for Educational and Theraputic Support (GNETS) system. I look forward to each school year, and appreciate the opportunity of being a part of your children's lives. Our community is very special, and I enjoy giving back in various ways, especially if there is a direct benefit for our students. I am actively involved in major fundraising efforts for the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, and the Backpack Buddy program, which provides meals for our students over the weekend. Being part of a team that provides quality, personal educational experiences for our students is nothing short of amazing. Thanks for your ongoing support!