Referral Process


Students who are having difficulty in the areas of articulation, voice, or fluency

may be referred to the Speech-Language Specialist by parents or teachers. 


If it is determined that the speech concern may adversely affect the student's

educational performance, the classroom teacher, speech-language specialist, and parent

meet to determine if an evaluation is necessary.  Evaluation procedures are completed

with parental permission.  When the evaluation process is completed, a meeting is

held to discuss the results and determine the student's eligibility for speech and

language services.  If eligible, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed

to address the child's specific needs.  

According to N.J.A.C. 6A:14, a referral for a student for whom a language disability 

is suspected must be forwarded to the child study team.  If it is determined at the

identification meeting that an evaluation is warranted, the student must be evaluated by

a minimum of two child study team members, and other specialists as deemed

necessary, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4(d).