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Q: Why does the school district reject my son's speech pathologist's recommendations?
 

A speech pathologist (private) recommended speech therapy, but our school district rejected these recommendations, saying that "her learning has not been affected by her articulation problems". Why does the school district reject my son's speech pathologist's recommendations?

A: Many private therapists use a medical model in evaluating and treating a child, whereas the public schools are restricted to an educational model. This means that the schools will generally not treat certain problems unless they specifically hinder the child's learning.

School systems are required to test in the child's native language, so you may request screening upon arrival in the U.S. Speech therapists will evaluate your child's understanding and use of words, the use of language for different purposes, pronunciation of speech sounds, physical ability to produce speech, voice quality, and fluency or smooth flow of speech.

 

 

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