Special Education/Speech question


What is the max speech a school can provide? My sons three years behind in speech and only has speech 4x a week and two are group and sessions are 30 min

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Jamie Han,
There is no limit on the amount of services a child can receive. The law says that a qualified expert (district's choice speech pathologist) is supposed to assess your child then develop goals. Based on the goals, they are supposed to recommend the level of services. You have to take into account what your son is missing out on in class when he is being pulled for speech services.

Your son is receiving about as high a level of services as that received by any of my clients. You can have an outside speech pathologist assess your son and recommend goals and levels of service. But the district only has to consider these results. You can also focus of defining the maximum size of the group sessions. I usually push for small groups of no more than 3 students.

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I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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