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).