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Speech and Language Services

Are Speech Issues Impacting My Child's Ability To Learn?

     Elmhurst CUSD 205 currently provides speech and language services to students in the Early Childhood program, in the elementary and middle schools, and at the high school level.  Students receiving these services have a variety of needs from working on correct production of speech sounds to processing language to using augmentative communication devices for communication to using appropriate social language for daily interaction with peers.  Individualized Education Plans or IEP’s are developed for all students receiving speech and language services by each school’s Speech-Language Pathologist.  Speech-Language Pathologists are part of each school’s special education team.

     What happens if you think your student is in need of speech and language services?  The following protocol is typical in most buildings:

  • Parent or teacher referral outlining the concern. 
  • A brief observation of the student in the classroom.
  • If needed, a short one-on-one informal screening with parental consent.
  • If needed, a formal evaluation to determine if deficits exist in the areas of concern with informed parental consent.
  • An IEP meeting summarizing the results of the evaluation and outlining eligibility for services based on existing state criteria.
  • Services delivered throughout the year during the child’s school day as determined at the IEP meeting.