1. How can my child receive speech and language services through the school district?
Please refer to the websites "Speech and Language Referral Process" page for the answer to this question.
2. Is speech and language part of special education?
Yes, a child must have a speech and language impairment that
interferes with their communication within the regular curriculum to
qualify for services. Speech and Language is a disability category
under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act): Chapter 14.
Please contact your child's school therapist if you have further
questions regarding this topic.
3. What will my child miss from the regular education curriculum while they attend speech and language classes?
The teachers and support specialists carefully select times for which
children will be pulled from his/her classes. This is usually based on
a time of day that children are not receiving new instruction in core
academic classes. This topic is reviewed as part of each IEP process
and will be discussed at the meeting to allow for parent input. We are a
support service and do our best to accommodate student needs.
4. How long will the speech and language therapy take for my child to meet their goal?
This is a common question that, unfortunately, there is no definitive
answer. Therapy services and outcomes are based on each individual
child's circumstances and progress. Therapy must be a collaborative team
approach with home, classroom and therapeutic support.