A speech therapist pointing to her tongue and helping a student.

Intensive Support Program

The Speech and Language Department staff provide a range of education, consultation and support services and programs to students with communication and literacy needs, as well as to their teachers, families and/or caregivers. 

One of the services offered is the Intensive Support Program for Students with Language Impairment (LI ISP), a two-year placement for students with moderate to severe delays in oral and written language skills and at least average non-verbal cognitive reasoning.

  • Classes are located in selected elementary schools across the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB).

  • Typically, ten students in the primary and junior/intermediate grades attend the class for at least fifty percent of the school day and are integrated throughout the day.

  • Classroom staff include an LI teacher, and may also include an Educational Assistant (EA).

  • The school speech-language pathologist collaborates with the LI teacher and provides programming, consultation and resources.

Language Impairment Identification

Watch our video to learn more about language impairment identification.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions about the following topics:

Class Locations

The Intensive Support Program for students with language impairment is offered in a number of elementary schools across the board. For more up-to-date information about which schools offer this program, please contact us.


The Speech and Language Department staff have developed the following resources for parents and educators to support students with a language impairment:

Contact Us

For more information about the Intensive Support Program for Students with Language Impairment, please contact the Speech and Language Department:

Phone: 416-222-8282 ext. 2261