Speech & Language Eligibility Under Article 7
When most people think of speech therapy services in the school system, they often think of of a 'speech teacher' that works endlessly on s and r sound production but speech therapy is so much more than than s and r sounds. On this page, I hope to provide information regarding speech services in the schools.
For example, did you know that in order to qualifiy for Speech Therapy in the schools, students must be tested and found eligible for a Speech Impairment and/or Language Impairment as outlined in IDEA Special Education (Article 7) Law. Here is a link that will send you to that document.
An additional resource for your use is Navigating The Course. This Department of Education document makes Article 7 a bit more user friendly. That link is below:
Mrs. Swanagan Frazer scheduled days at Northeast Elementary are Monday, Wednesday, and, Thursday,
Greewood's Integrated Therapy Schedule
This schedule reflects the days that speech students come to the speech room for direct services. Days highlighted in purple are the days when speech services occur within the general education setting, conferences are held, and tests are completed.
Language Impairment as an Area of Eligibility
Language Impairment: Determining Eligibility
A language impairment is characterized by difficulty in the comprehension or expression of spoken or written language resulting from organic or nonorganic causes that are non-maturational in nature and adversely affects the student's educational performance.
Language impairments affect the student's primary language systems, in (1) or more of the following components:
Word retrieval: the process by which lexical knowledge is efficiently and accurately accessed for verbal output.
Phonology: the sound system of language and the rules that govern the sound combinations.
Morphology: the system that governs the structure of words and the construction of word forms.
Syntax: the system governing the order and combination of words to form sentences and the relationships among the elements within a sentence.
Semantics: the system that governs the meanings of words and sentences.
Pragmatics: the system that combines the above language components in functional and socially appropriate communication.
Speech Impairment as an Area of Eligibility
Speech Impairment: Determining Eligibility
A speech impairment may include fluency, articulation, and voice disorders in the student's speaking behavior in more than (1) speaking task that are non-maturational in nature and adversely affects the student's educational performance. Speech impairments may include impairments that are the result of a deficiency of structure and function of the oral peripheral mechanism.
Fluency Disorder: includes an abnormal rate of speaking, speech interruptions, and repetition of sounds, words, phrases, or sentences, that interferes with effective communication.
Articulation Disorder: includes omissions, substitutions, or distortions of sounds, persisting beyond the age at which maturation alone might be expected to correct the deviation.
Voice Disorder: includes inappropriate pitch, loudness, or voice quality.
Northeast's Welcome Letter
This Welcome Letter is given to Northeast Speech Therapy students at the beginning of the year or upon enrollment. It outlines the speech program and parents' role in therapy.
Northeast Expands Its Language: Please see our separate page for exciting language news!