The Speech Language Pathology Department at Arkansas School for the Deaf provides a variety of services.  These services include, but are not limited to, identification of communication disorders through formal evaluation and treatment of these disorders.  Communication disorders assisted include: articulation disorders, language disorders, hearing impairment, phonological disorders, auditory processing disorders, speech disorders related to velopharyngeal insufficiency, oral motor and feeding disorders. The Speech Language Pathologist’s provide assistance in maintenance of hearing aids, cochlear implants, and bone anchored hearing aids.  The Speech Language Pathologist’s provide parent counseling of children with communication disorders from 3 to 21 years of age.



Please meet our Staff:


Rick Porter, Director of Special Education

Rick recently left the Speech Department to fulfill the role or Director of Special Education.  He has been greatly missed in the therapy world; however, he has benefitted the Arkansas School for the Deaf with his new position.  He has worked here since 1998, and has provided services to students across the entire campus: Lower, Middle, and High School.  His therapeutic passion has been related to Hearing Impairment and Literacy.

Rick received his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro in 1996.  He also received his Master’s degree in Speech Pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, in 1998.  He is currently working on Ed.S. degree from Arkansas State University.

On a personal note, Rick had another passion here at Arkansas School for the Deaf…. FOOTBALL!!!  He coached football from 2000 through 2012!  His coaching experience was highlighted by back to back undefeated seasons against other deaf schools, and a national championship in 2007.

Linda Crumpler, Speech Language Pathologist

Linda has been the biggest asset to the faculty, students, and parents of Arkansas School for the Deaf.  With 35 years of experience, a majority of the time has been with Arkansas School for the Deaf, 32 years to be exact.  Not only has she provided services to those on campus, she was involved with the Outreach program here on campus.  She worked 2 years in public school prior to coming to Arkansas School for the Deaf.

Linda has worked with children of all ages, Pre-school through High school, as well as children across the state.  Therapies include, but are not limited to, listening therapy, speechreading/lipreading therapies, pragmatic situational therapies, speech therapy, and English language therapy. In my mind, the most important thing I do in my work here at ASD, is when I am able to work with the families of children who are newly identified as Deaf or hard-of-hearing.  I try to make sure they are informed of ALL the choices available to them and to their children and, most frequently, just be someone to listen to their concerns, hopes, fears and dreams for their child.

Linda received a Bachelor’s in Speech Therapy and Audiology from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway in 1977.  She also received a Master’s in Communication Disorders with a specialty in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in 1980.  She completed additional hours to complete ASHA requirements for certification in Audiology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  She was a certified SKIHI and INSITE trainer in the summer of 1996.

On a personal note, although most people who work at the School for the Deaf have some family ties to deafness, I do not.  When I first came here, I knew almost no sign language and had not ever been aware of the concept of Deaf culture.  Fortunately, for me, I began working in the high school with some students who were excellent lip-readers.  They understood what I was trying to sign and taught me most all of the signs I use today.  Hopefully, I helped a few of them with their speech and language skills as well.  For relaxation, I like to walk, not exactly “speed-walking”, but my version of that.  When the weather is nice, you may find your child receiving therapy while walking with me around our beautiful campus!