IDEA and IEPs for Students With Fluency Disorders Every day, speech-language pathologists are faced with decisions regarding the students they serve and the manner in which they provide those services. Deciding which students will be eligible for services in the schools can be the most challenging decision to make, with the interplay of pressures from struggling children, ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2002
IDEA and IEPs for Students With Fluency Disorders
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  • Kathleen Whitmire
    ASHA
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Fluency Disorders / School-Based Settings / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2002
IDEA and IEPs for Students With Fluency Disorders
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 3-6. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.3
SIG 4 Perspectives on Fluency and Fluency Disorders, December 2002, Vol. 12, 3-6. doi:10.1044/ffd12.3.3
Every day, speech-language pathologists are faced with decisions regarding the students they serve and the manner in which they provide those services. Deciding which students will be eligible for services in the schools can be the most challenging decision to make, with the interplay of pressures from struggling children, large caseloads, budget constraints, and concerned parents. The situation may be further complicated for certain disability groups, such as children with fluency disorders, when it is unclear if the school is responsible for providing services to a child who may not be getting failing grades. It is essential that clinicians and parents become informed about the federal mandates for services in the schools for children with special needs, in order to make appropriate decisions. This article discusses the main premises of those mandates and the implications for services to children with fluency disorders.
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