The IEP Team Must Consider
Your Child's Communication Needs

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ISSN: 1538-320
November 1, 2016


Communication problems have a negative impact on a child's ability to learn. The IEP team is required to consider these needs.

Many school people don’t know how to educate a child who can’t communicate.

Some believe that if a child cannot communicate, the child is unable to think or learn. If you are familiar with Helen Keller’s story, you know this belief is dead wrong.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn that public schools are responsible for ensuring effective communication with students who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. Find out how to advocate for a child with communication needs.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Meeting Your Child's Communication Needs

If your child is non-verbal or has other communication problems, you need to find an expert who will evaluate your child and make strong recommendations about what he needs from an educational perspective.


Ensuring the Rights of Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Three Federal laws address the obligations of all public schools to meet the communication needs of students with disabilities.

  • IDEA
  • Title II
  • Section 504


IEP Pop-Up: IEP Goals for a Non-verbal Child

My daughter cannot speak so the school says she doesn't need communication goals in her IEP.

Is the school right?...


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Communication Problems: Special Factors in IEPs

IDEA includes a section about developing IEPs for children with “special factors” including special factors for children with communication needs.

Chapter 7, p. 69 in Wrightslaw: All About IEPs includes the Communication and Language Needs Checklist.

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