Special Education/Lateral lisp


Hi Norm ,

My son who is 6 years and in Kindergarten was just evaluated for lateral lisp . And I have to go in for a meeting for IEP. My concen and question for you is does being in this program affect my child's school record rven after he is out of IEP . Does this permanently stay on your school record .
Will he be always looked at as a Special Ed kid ? My older son says not to put my little one in that program cause he will be teased in school . He thinks its a bad thing to be in special ed and kids make fun of you if u go in that program. We live in NJ.
Please help !

If he is getting services because of a lateral lisp, a verbal output problem, then he will see the Speech Langauge Pathologist (sometimes also called Therapist) and won't be in the pull out resource room for kids with academic problems, most likely.  In that case there will not be any teasing or other problems.  Schools work very hard to prevent what your older son describes, and for that reason a lot of programs are done in the general classroom now.

As far as records, once you child has met his goals they will exit him from special education.  The records are all confidential, meaning that no one has access to the records except those who have a need to know, like his teachers.  After he is exited the records are destroyed at the end of 3 years.  

I would recommend that you share these concerns with the IEP team and if they can ease your worries proceed.  If you don't precede, your son's lateral lisp may never change and he will always talk differently, which means that then he is still subject to what you fear, teasing, etc.  If you don't take the public school therapy, then I would find a private Speech Pathologist to correct his speech outside of school.  It is possible that your insurance would assist with this.

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Dr. Norm Bishop


I have spent nealy 40 years in the area of Special Education. I have had the pleasure of teaching pre-school, elementary, middle, high school and college levels, as well as, served in school district administration buildings in classroom/legal support positions. I have also spent some time working in a State Department of Education Exceptional Student Services Office and am now currently Division Head and Director of Institutional Research at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. I also teach special education classes on campus. I have also taught full time teacher preparation at Northern Arizona University on the Tucson Campus, Seattle Pacific University, and at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming. In addition to that I have taught adjunct at Seattle Pacific University, City University in Seattle, Ashford University, and Grand Canyon University.


I have experienced directly special education legal issues, process and procedure, and have taught at all levels in every special education category except gifted. My major expertise is diagnostic prescriptive teaching, literacy as it relates to disabilities, technology in special education, and Educational Leadership. My greatest passion in the field is building new programs, implementing and doing the research to see how they work. My Dissertation and principle research interest is in the area of inclusive education, primarily co-teaching of students with disabilities in the general education classroom.

Council for Exceptional Children, Association for the Supervision of Curriculum, National Reading Council.

Teaching Exceptional Children, Published computer assisted instruction, titled PAL, Special Education Basics, college Textbook, Teaching with Precision, college Textbook, Various devotionals at the website, Preachitteachit.com.

I have a B.A. in Secondary Education, a Masters in Special Education (cross categorical), administrative certification, and a second B.A. in Elementary Education. I completed my doctorate in Educational Leadership at Northern Arizona University.

Awards and Honors
Best Summer Program in the Nation (Honorable Mention, when I was Teaching) Multiple local awards

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