What is Speech-Language Therapy?
Irving ISD offers a continuum of speech-language therapy services for students with a Speech Impairment that results in an adverse affect on the child’s academic or functional performance and results in the need of specially designed services by a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-Assistant). Speech Impairment encompasses
Articulation disorders refers to difficulty producing speech sounds that are age or developmentally appropriate for the child.
Language disorders refers to difficulties with vocabulary, sentence structures, or the use of language that is developmentally appropriate for the child.
Fluency disorders refers to sound, word, or phrase repetitions, prolongations and/or blocks in speech production that may be accompanied by secondary characteristics (i.e. facial grimaces, blinking, physical movement).
Voice disorders refers to a medical diagnosis by an Otolaryngologist (ENT) that results in an academic or functional deficit.
Cultural and linguistic diversity factors are considered when determining a Speech Impairment.
The Continuum of Speech Therapy Services may include direct speech therapy and/or indirect speech therapy.
Direct Speech Therapy Services include services provided directly by the Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-Assistant) with the student in a small group. The location of direct speech therapy services may vary within the school setting.
Indirect Speech Therapy Services include services under the direction of the Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and/or Licensed Speech-Language Pathology Assistant (SLP-Assistant). These services may include the SLP and/or SLP Assistant consultation and/or collaboration with the classroom teacher or other service providers to promote progress on the child’s speech/language/communication goals.
Dismissal From Speech Therapy Services is based on the child’s progress on speech/language/communication goals. Some examples of when your child will be considered for dismissal from speech therapy services include:
Mastery of all goals/objectives in the IEP and formal and/or informal testing data indicates that a disorder no longer exists.
Speech/Language/Communication deficits are more appropriately served through other services provided.
Speech-Language Disorder no longer interferes with progress in the educational process/curriculum and there is no longer an educational need for therapy.
Documentation from speech therapy sessions showing that your child demonstrates a consistent lack of progress and a variety of evidence-based practices have been attempted with little or no progress. The ARD committee will discuss and explore all options for a continuum of support services and determine if dismissal from speech therapy services is appropriate.
How do I ask for help?
Referrals for special education evaluations (including speech therapy) may originate from the parent, guardians, and/or teachers. For students who are enrolled in an Irving ISD school: The Student Success Plan (SSP) process should be followed. Please contact the campus SSP Chair Person.
If a preschool-aged child is not enrolled in an Irving ISD school, the parent/guardian should contact the Early Childhood Campus (Clifton EC, Kinkeade EC, or Pierce EC) that is closest to their residence.