Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. Communication disorders include stuttering, impaired articulation, language impairment, or a voice impairment that adversely affects a student’s educational performance. Some causes of speech and language disorders include hearing loss, neurological disorders, brain injury, or physical impairments. Speech or language deficiencies resulting from second language acquisition and/or dialectic differences are not considered to be Communication Disorders. A qualified professional should be trained in assessing, diagnosing, and treating Communication Disorders such as a licensed or certified Speech and Language Pathologist.
Documentation must be current within the last three to five years. Documentation must include a comprehensive speech-language assessment that reflects the current impact of the identified impairment on academic performance. If the documentation is not adequate in content or does not address the individual’s current level of functioning and need for accommodation(s), additional documentation may be requested. The diagnostic assessment must include: