Making or receiving a great speech therapy referral can have a positive impact on our job and day-to-day interactions. What was once a cumbersome and dreaded process now alleviates problems rather than create them. We work across dozens of districts and hundreds of campuses and have tested the forms below until they rated high on the happy meter for teachers, administrators, and speech pathologists alike. Just four pages from the referral packet get you ALL the information you need to create a solid referral. Then, targeting ONLY the area that the teacher is concerned about saves buckets of time.
How are effective speech therapy referrals different?
- Children get the services they need quickly
- Speech pathologists don’t evaluate students who do not qualify
- Teachers are not burdened by paperwork and can help their students
- Our time is spared and the correct children are entering special education
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Indications for Making a Speech Therapy Referral for Young Children
Here are some quick guidelines for making a referral of young children. By saying a child is “impaired” we are basically saying that their language or speech is not as developed as other children their age. It is helpful to know when abilities typically develop.
For parents: (Lynch, Brookshire & Fox, 1980)
For unfamiliar listener: (Flipsen, 2006)
Additional References to Make a Referral to Speech Therapy