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).