Elementary school

What is the speech language referral process?
Students are identified as needing an evaluation for speech and language services through parents, teachers, or even the students themselves. The process usually takes about 3 months from the initial referral to the time services begin if they are necessary. The following 7 steps are included in the process.
1) The process begins with the initial referral.
2) After the referral has taken place then the student is discussed at the Child Study meeting. This meeting discusses the concerns the teacher or parent has about the student. At the meeting it is decided which interventions will be completed.
3) There needs to be 2 different interventions each for 3 weeks in length completed by the general education teacher to determine if the concerns can be corrected in the general education setting.
4) If the interventions in the general education setting were not successful then the student will receive a special education evaluation. This evaluation may include a team including the special education teacher, school psychologist, school nurse, school social worker, Occupational therapist, physical therapist and input from the parents and teachers. The evaluation process takes 30 days.
5) The evaluation team will hold a meeting to discuss the results and at that time if the student is eligible to receive services this will be discussed as well.
6) If the student has been identified as being eligible for speech and/or language services the sessions will begin after the parents have signed the Individual Education Plan.
7) Students will begin coming to see the speech language pathologist for services.
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