Evaluation and Eligibility for Speech-Language Services in Schools It is critically important that speech-language pathologists understand the difference between educational identification of a speech-language impairment under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the procedures used for a clinical determination of speech or language impairment. The authors review variations in terminology, federal and state regulations, and state, ... Article
Article  |   December 27, 2016
Evaluation and Eligibility for Speech-Language Services in Schools
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Marie Ireland
    Virginia Department of Education, Richmond, VA
  • Barbara J. Conrad
    Educational Service Center of Lorain County, Elyria, OH
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  • Financial: Marie Ireland and Barbara J. Conrad have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / School-Based Settings / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Language Disorders / Part 4
Article   |   December 27, 2016
Evaluation and Eligibility for Speech-Language Services in Schools
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 78-90. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG16.78
History: Received May 24, 2016 , Revised August 29, 2016 , Accepted September 14, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2016, Vol. 1, 78-90. doi:10.1044/persp1.SIG16.78
History: Received May 24, 2016; Revised August 29, 2016; Accepted September 14, 2016

It is critically important that speech-language pathologists understand the difference between educational identification of a speech-language impairment under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the procedures used for a clinical determination of speech or language impairment. The authors review variations in terminology, federal and state regulations, and state, local, and professional guidance. Federal evaluation requirements and examples of differing state requirements are provided along with evidence-based recommendations for comprehensive assessment of students.

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