• My child is eligible for special education services under the category of Speech-Language Impairment. What does this mean? 

    According to the Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies Serving Children with Disabilities (2008), a student with speech or language impairment exhibits a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, language impairment or a voice impairment that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

    Because the eligibility team at your child’s school agreed that he/she meets the criteria of the Ohio Operating Standards, your child will have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that will address his/her unique needs and allow him/her to access the grade-level curriculum to the greatest extent possible. This IEP will be managed by your child’s Speech and Language Pathologist.

    What specialized instruction will my child receive?

    Students with speech or language impairment receive therapeutic services from a Speech and Language Pathologist in a classroom, small group, or individual setting.  A student’s goals and services are determined by the student’s IEP team.

    Can a child with a speech or language impairment attend any CMSD school?

    Every school in CMSD has access to speech and language services. Students with speech or language impairment participate in all core courses, electives, and activities in general education classes with their typical peers. They may also receive classroom and testing accommodations to help them to be successful.

    Additional Resources

    Center for Parent Information and Resources – Speech and Language Impairments