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Services for Students with Speech and Language Disabilities


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.

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.