ST in the school system?

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Registered: 04-28-2005
ST in the school system?
Thu, 08-30-2012 - 10:03pm

Has anyone had to fight to get ST in school? 

I am so frustrated since DS started school with all therapies.  Prior to going to school we were going to the hospital's child development centre weekly.  I couldn't have been happier, but now that services are now going through the school system and the Community Care Access Centre everything has pretty much come to a complete stop.  A ST saw DS on 2 different occasions last year, and determined that his speech was not bad enough to qualify, however pending the results of an x-ray showing how well his palate works they may revisit him.  Due to various reasons (machine not working, DS being sick, the xray tech not being qualified, the SLP being sick) the apt for the x-ray took almost 1 yr to get.  It showed that DS is able to get appropriate closure on most, but not all sounds.  The SLP said that surgery could help, but also CONTINUED ST!  She is putting a referral again to CCAC so that DS will get ST at school, but it is no guarantee.  I am so irritated that DS went a whole year without ST, and depending how the CCAC SLP assesses him he may not get it again.  He does not talk like others his age, and is very nasal.



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Registered: 11-13-2008
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 1:28pm
How frustrating for you Stephanie :smileysad: I didn't have issues getting my boys in, and it so angers me when parents have to fight for services. I want to suggest that you ask for advice over on the Special Education Plans page, the CL really knows her stuff when it comes to getting IEPs:

I would think that a doctor's referral would do the trick, but you never can tell with school systems. Please keep me posted.

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Fri, 08-31-2012 - 5:03pm

Getting services in general seems to be a delicate balance between pushiness and diplomacy.  I find they offer you lots of whatever they have in great supply, and try to stint you on needed services that are in short supply.  Right now, OT hours are hard to get, but ST is fairly available in our area.  They once tried to push my older son into a center-based SN preschool with a lot of unfilled slots when it turned out all he really needed was GLASSES.

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Sun, 09-23-2012 - 10:33pm
Keep trying. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and if you call enough meetings with new evidence they may go ahead and do this. You do have a write a letter and ask for an evaluation. Put in any other concerns you have, like how this is effecting his learning to read because he can't pronounce the sounds correctly, negative interactions with other kids that also effect his willingness to learn, anything that you can think of. Through in the words "I don't want him left behind when it comes to learning" and you may have your ticket in (if No Child Left Behind is still big in your district.)

Also see what you can get through private therapy that your insurance would pay for. If you have time to do both school and private you may be able to make up for that year. And it sounds like insurance would pay given the results.