2. Educational Speech Pathology

We can think of educational speech-language pathology starting with IDEA 1997, with special references to “progress in the general curriculum.”

ELIGIBILITY

We can pinpoint one critical 2007 change concerning the federal regulatory definition of speech and language impairments:

“(11) Speech or language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child’s educational performance” (Federal Category Codes, 34 Code of Federal Regulations section 300.8, 2008).

It is critical because it brings into focus the eligibility criterion – “that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.”

Children with communication disorders who are at grade level in academic achievement are not necessarily eligible for special education.

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