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Trying To Get My Child Into Speech Therapy. Elementary School Level. Please Help!

 
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Trying To Get My Child Into Speech Therapy. Elementary School Level. Please Help!
I wrote to the school's principal and formally requested that my child who is in 2nd grade be entered into a speech therapy program. The school responded by saying that we needed to have a STAT meeting with several other representatives, ie, school therapist, psychologist, teachers, and other board members.


This does not seem right. I cannot find any supplemental information on the web in regards to what a STAT meeting is. Shouldn't I be able to request that he be entered into speech therapy and they should be able to just do it for me without such a huge hassle? It seems like they're just trying to discourage me from getting him extra help.

Any information regarding this would be most helpful!
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Re: Trying To Get My Child Into Speech Therapy. Elementary School Level. Please Help!
since its done on a state level im not sure about your state but in va we had to have the same meeting but our is called an IEP individualized education program. we had one for every new year she would be in speech
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02/27/2013 06:10 PM
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Go to the meeting. I went to a speech therapist & teachers meeting with a friend here two years ago. Not sure if it's the same thing. The only want to know your concerns so they can help.

Ring the school & ask them to email you what to expect so you can be prepared.

Edit: its a chance to evaluate your child's need for therapy. It could be something he will grow out of.

Good luck.
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No. you cant just ask for state funded speech therapy. The state has to pay therapists, so they make sure only students who truly require it, or will benefit from it, are enrolled.

Your child needs to be tested first.

The reason for this is because they have different things they look for, not just speech. They also look for hearing, understanding and communication issues.

I'm not familiar with what a stat is. I'm guessing its their term for a meeting to evaluate his needs.

Another thing, if your child is doing well in school, getting good grades, they usually don't approve therapy. They figure there's no interference with school work. Which is true. But only you know how he's doing outside of school. So they will consider your input, as well as your child's social interactions - if his speech is interfering outside of school work.

Also, consider that minor speech delays are common in children. Many kids also outgrow difficult speech patterns and communication delays
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If the teachers aren't noticing a speech problem, what is the concern? Either the teachers aren't doing their job or your child doesn't have anything wrong.
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And another important note:

Speech therapy can be hard on kids. Meaning, the fact that they have to leave class during class time, can be disruptive on their school schedule. And the other kids sometimes make fun of the kids that get pulled out of class for therapy.

So, that's just another reason they like to make absolutely sure your kid will benefit from therapy without causing more disruption for him.

Usually, this is not a problem for kinder and 1st grade level. By 2nd grade can be a little tougher on kids and social issues. By 3rd/4th grade, its really hard on kids to be considered "different"
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And another important note:

Speech therapy can be hard on kids. Meaning, the fact that they have to leave class during class time, can be disruptive on their school schedule. And the other kids sometimes make fun of the kids that get pulled out of class for therapy.

So, that's just another reason they like to make absolutely sure your kid will benefit from therapy without causing more disruption for him.

Usually, this is not a problem for kinder and 1st grade level. By 2nd grade can be a little tougher on kids and social issues. By 3rd/4th grade, its really hard on kids to be considered "different"
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That's a good point. I was in speech therapy from elementary to high school for stuttering. I would get a "summons" and would be called out. Some teachers were discreet, while others were a-holes. High school wasn't bad but in elementary and middle school some kids would tease. Besides that I also missed material for the day which made it difficult to study. If your child really has a speech problem, make sure he/she gets the help needed though. It does help.
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And another important note:

Speech therapy can be hard on kids. Meaning, the fact that they have to leave class during class time, can be disruptive on their school schedule. And the other kids sometimes make fun of the kids that get pulled out of class for therapy.

So, that's just another reason they like to make absolutely sure your kid will benefit from therapy without causing more disruption for him.

Usually, this is not a problem for kinder and 1st grade level. By 2nd grade can be a little tougher on kids and social issues. By 3rd/4th grade, its really hard on kids to be considered "different"
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That's a good point. I was in speech therapy from elementary to high school for stuttering. I would get a "summons" and would be called out. Some teachers were discreet, while others were a-holes. High school wasn't bad but in elementary and middle school some kids would tease. Besides that I also missed material for the day which made it difficult to study. If your child really has a speech problem, make sure he/she gets the help needed though. It does help.
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Much understanding here. My younger brother had a stutter & would be teased. One day a teacher ridiculed him & threw something at my brother for being too slow & my dad went up to the school & threw it back at the teacher. Pick on someone your own size kinda thing.

Great you have positive memories of your therapy.

Best wishes
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You want to go the meeting without feeling it is a setup.

It is probably procedure that must be followed.

These posts are really good.

What are you noticing with your child?

If the school does not agree that speech therapy is needed, or you are not satisfied with their methods,

there are private speech clinics in many areas that see young children.

Some parents utilize the school's offerings and also enroll their children in private speech therapy.

Possibly ( I am guessing ) speech therapy or evaluation might be covered in part or in full by your medical insurance,

if not,
it may still be a smart choice.
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Re: Trying To Get My Child Into Speech Therapy. Elementary School Level. Please Help!
I wrote to the school's principal and formally requested that my child who is in 2nd grade be entered into a speech therapy program. The school responded by saying that we needed to have a STAT meeting with several other representatives, ie, school therapist, psychologist, teachers, and other board members.


This does not seem right. I cannot find any supplemental information on the web in regards to what a STAT meeting is. Shouldn't I be able to request that he be entered into speech therapy and they should be able to just do it for me without such a huge hassle? It seems like they're just trying to discourage me from getting him extra help.

Any information regarding this would be most helpful!
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STAT, Student Test & Assessment Team, just guessing..if you're in Sped you live in the world of acronyms.

You can request speech testing, not therapy, BUT ALL, special ed services have to be centered on one basic premise: is the child's deficiency impacting their success in school.

For speech there are many different areas that a deficiency could be impacting your child's educational experience. These can most commonly examined by a CELF test administered by a Speech therapist. But this will take a minimum of 30 school days after signing the consents to test and they still have to attempt interventions beforehand.

The fed's have mandated that we show a least a certain period of time where interventions have been implemented to accommodate the child in the general ed area before they progress to a full evaluation.

You may be further ahead to request a informal assessment by a speech therapist at the school, commonly referred to as a screening.

If your child's general ed teacher is currently not observing an educable deficiencies the speech issue you think your child is experiencing may be minimal.

You are always the best advocate for your child and I would congratulate you on being a good parent. However, a phone call to the district's special ed staff at the building to just open the line of communication would have worked, too.

No, I'm not a teacher, just a seasoned secretary in that area.
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