The specific eligibility criteria for speech and language under state law is found at PI 11.36 (5) of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed a technical assistance guide to assist IEP teams in evaluating children to determine if they have speech and language impairment and need for special education due to the impairment.
- S/L Assessment and Decision Making Technical Assistance Guide
- Linguistically Culturally Diverse: Spanish Speaking (Speech and Language Technical Assistance Guide)
- S/L Eligibility Criteria PowerPoint Presentation
- Eligibility Criteria Checklist - Word Fillable - Spanish Fillable
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Speech or Language Impairment Criteria: Speech or Sound Production - Language - Re Evaluation
Speech and Language Licensing
- Wis. Admin Code, PI 34.038
- License for School Speech and Language Pathologists
- Speech and Language Pathologists - Licensing Under PI-34
- DPI Memo February 2020 Moving from Tier to I to a Tier II for SLP Licensure
- DPI Memo on Emergency Licensure for Speech/Language Pathology, March 17, 2011
- OSEP Letter to Goldman, 1/27/2010
Professional Development Opportunities
Upcoming Related Service Providers Community of Practice Meeting Third Thursday of Each Month 12-1pm
A community of practice for OTs, PTs, and SLPs meets each month to discuss relevant topics for related service providers. Check out the archive of past meetings on the WI DPI Collaborative Special Education Support Professional Learning Events page. A registration link for each month can be found on the flyer.
New PD Opportunity for SLPs: Evaluation of Speech: New Considerations
Have you been wondering about the “New Norms” and worry about how they apply to your work? WI DPI is holding a Zoom Meeting “Evaluation of Speech: New Considerations” where we will discuss current research, comprehensive evaluation frameworks, and tools to use in conjunction with speech sound norms in considering eligibility for speech impairment in WI Schools. Meetings will be 1.5 hours in length and will include an interactive component where participants will break into groups to discuss scenarios.
Participants need only register for one meeting, as content is identical for both sessions. One meeting will be recorded for later viewing. Note: the second session will be a repeat of the first session for those who cannot attend the first.
Tuesday February 16th 3:30-5pm (Live) Registration Link
Wednesday February 24th 3-4:30pm (Live) Registration Link
It is strongly recommended that participants view the 20 minute video "Speech Sound Disorders and Eligibility for IDEA in US Schools" prior to attending the session.
Use of Paraprofessionals
This document provides additional information on the roles of paraprofessionals and speech-language pathologists when working together to support the communication needs of students with IEPs.