~Communication is a skill that you can learn. It's like riding a bicycle or typing.
|How is it determined if a child needs help in speech & language?|
With the new special education laws, a Speech and Language disorder is only recognized in the school if it impacts the child’s ability to access their education. If a child has a mild articulation delay but it doesn’t impact their ability to read, spell or interact with peers socially, then they will not be eligible for services.
1. Either a parent or a teacher may request that a child be screened for speech.
2. If it is determined that a child displays a difficulty then a Child Study meeting is scheduled.
3. The Child Study team then meets to determine a plan of action. This may include monitoring within the classroom, strategies for at home, or a request for an evaluation.
*A Speech and Language Impairment means “impairments of language, voice, fluency, or articulation that are not due to sensory impairment or developmental delay, but which are present to such a degree that academic achievement is affected and the condition is significantly disabling to the affected person. Determination of speech and language impairment shall include the report of a speech clinician specifying the nature and degree of such an impairment.”
A Speech or Language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.
|What does a speech therapist do?|
Child Study Team
~The limits of my language mean the limits of my world~
- Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889- 1951)