Speech: DOES SPEECH THERAPY MEAN MY CHILD WILL HAVE AN IEP?

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Erica:  My sons first grade teach asked me to get my son evaluated. If he is placed in Speech Therapy will he have an IEP? Does an IEP follow my child throughout?

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Amy

If your son met your state’s criteria for a speech/language impairment and the evaluation team decided that specialized instruction is necessary–then yes, the school district will provide you with an IEP. You have the right to accept or reject the IEP services for your son. In most states a student’s continued eligibility for services is re-evaluated at least once every 3 years. Sometimes a student is dismissed from special education as a result of the re-evaluation. Sometimes students continue to qualify for an IEP. The question about continued eligibility comes up again in no longer than 3 years. Some students have an IEP throughout their school careers. Others have special education for various amounts of time depending on their progress and what level of support they need.