How to Access Speech Services

How do I access Speech services if I think that my son or daughter might be having difficulty developing their communication skills?
 
Step 1
 
For Students who are NOT currently attending Poulsbo Elementary School.
 
If your son/daughter is not attending their local public elementary school because they are either too young, enrolled in a private school or home-schooled, you may contact the school Speech Therapist directly. The Therapist will then discuss with you your concerns and determine if your son/daughter needs to come in for a screening. Many children exhibit difficulties with communication that are normal for their age and overall development.
Step 2
 
For Students who ARE currently attending Poulsbo Elementary School.
 
If your son/daughter is already attending Poulsbo Elementary School, you may contact the school Speech Therapist directly or the student's classroom teacher to see if they have noticed any communication difficulties.  Any classroom teacher may refer a student to the school Speech Therapist  if they have noticed any significant communication difficulties that are impacting the student's successful particpation in the classroom curriculum.  The Therapist will then contact you asking for permission to screen your student.
Step 3
 
Obtaining Persmission to Assess
 
If, after discussing your student's current difficulties with you, the school Speech Therapist determines that your son/daughter is demonstrating speech and/or language difficulties in the school setting that are significant enought to warrant assessment, you would be asked to give your written permission for a speech and language assessment to be administered. Depending on the communication needs the student has been demonstrating, she/he would then be assessed in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, fluency and or hearing appropriate to the student's identified needs. An assessment usually involves both formal (standardized assessment instruments) and  informal (observation, parent/teacher input, non-standardized instruments) assessment procedures focused on your son/daughter's communication skills to determine if any significant speech and or language difficulties are present AND if these difficulties are impacting the student's successful particpation in the classroom. Note: No speech or language assessment can be administered without the parents written permission.
Step 4
 
 Evaluation Report
 
After a full speech and/or language assessment is completed, an intervention  team composed of the Speech Therapist, you the parent(s), the classroom teacher and other relevant school staff members would then meet to review the test results and determine if your son/daughter is eligible for Speech services under current Washington State guidelines and is in need of Specially Design Instruction in order to participate more successfully in their classroom curriculum. An Evaluation Report stating the eligibility of the student and containing further recommendations based on the student's eligibility status would be reviewed and signed by the team.
Step 5
 
Designing an Intervention Plan (IEP)
 
If it is determined that your son/daughter is eligible for Speech services and would benefit from intervention, a therapy plan called an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) would then be designed by the intervention team. This plan would contain the Specially Designed Instruction your student needs including: the goals your son/daughter would be working on, the amount of time he/she would spend each week in therapy, the location where the therapy services would be provided and who would be providing these services. An IEP is usually valid for one calendar year from the date it is written and approved and needs to be renewed each school year.
Step 6
 
Starting Therapy and Progress Reports
 
If you approve and sign the therapy plan, a day and time for therapy would be arranged and therapy begun. Progress reports would then be sent throughout the school year following the district Report Card schedule to update you on your son/daughter's progress.
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