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).

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