Why is a speech-only referral limited to articulation, voice, and/or fluency?
NJAC 6A:14-3.3(e)4 and 5 says: For students ages five to 21, when the suspected disability includes a language disorder, the child study team, the parent, a speech-language specialist and the general education teacher of the student who has knowledge of the student's educational performance or if there is no teacher of the student, a teacher who is knowledgeable about the district's programs shall participate in the meeting to decide whether to evaluate and the nature and scope of the evaluation.
For students ages five to 21, when the suspected disability is a disorder of voice, articulation and/or fluency only, the decision to evaluate and the determination of the nature and scope of the evaluation shall be according to (e) above, except that the meeting shall include the speech-language specialist, the parent and the general education teacher of the student who has knowledge of the student's educational performance or if there is no teacher of the student, a teacher who is knowledgeable about the district's programs.
The letter specifically states that the student is only experiencing difficulties with voice, pronunciation, and/or fluency (stuttering.) No language difficulties such as answering questions, retaining or processing information, or following directions are cited.
Give the letter to the school's speech therapist right away. Some schools do not have a speech therapist on site on a daily basis. When this is the case, it's still important to attend to the letter as soon as possible. If you are not able to give the letter to a speech therapist without delay, you should:
1. Write or stamp the date you received the letter on it
2. Write the parent's name, address, and phone number on the letter.
3. Write the student's name, ID number, and school on the letter.
4. Make the student "Special Ed YES" in Genesis. It will take 24 hours to update the student into Easy IEP.
5. (After 24 hours) Print an Easy IEP "Easy Fax - Referral Cover Page."
6. Fax the cover page and the parent letter to 1-866-920-6173. Make a copy of the letter for yourself and send the original via Board Mail to:
Front and Cooper
7. You can let the speech therapist know that a speech letter has been received, or you can ask your supervisor to notify the speech therapist.
Have you done this?
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