Christy: 6 yo 7month son with IEP, 3 year eligibility renewal meeting today. School speech therapist indicating new Virginia State Law has changed; my son’s secondary diagnosis of “lack of speech” will be taken away as it falls under his primary diagnosis of Autism. His lack of speech has to come from a source such as stuttering or apraxia; he has neither. RE: Lack of speech is a characteristic of autism, so it cancels out secondary diagnosis. I did not sign off on it as I feel it might set a precedence for future needs, ie: less speech therapy given at his public school, no need for additional 1 on 1 teaching assistance. He has received speech therapy outside of school for 3.5 years. Can you advise?