The law and the SLP

Overview of NJ Special Education Mandates for SLPs

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—This product was initially the SLP portion of the 2016 NJSHA Convention Presentation entitled: The Law and the SLP.

—It describes preschool and school age eligibility criteria for speech language therapy based on initial assessments, explains what constitutes an adequate assessment of suspected deficit areas, discusses the concept of cognitive referencing as related to provision of speech language services to students with below average IQ and corresponding language abilities in the state of New Jersey, lists NJ dyslexia laws and ASHA’s position on SLPs screening and assessing students for literacy based disorders as well as lists DOE and NJSHA/SAC resources available to SLPs.

—Due to the specialized nature of this  presentation it is best applicable to individuals who are residing and/or working in the state of New Jersey. This is because it explicitly addresses and quotes portions of the NJ special education code pertinent to speech language and literacy assessments of school-age children in the state of New Jersey.

—It is particularly relevant to:

  • ——Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) working in the state of NJ
    • —Seasoned professionals —
    • —Graduate Students
    • ——Clinical Fellows
  • —Parents/—Caregivers residing in the state of NJ

—Disclaimer:

——The  information in this presentation is taken directly from the New Jersey Special Education Code and is by no means an exhaustive treatise. It deals with a very small portion of the code as relative to initial eligibility guidelines for speech language therapy of preschool and school-aged children.  It is meant to serve as a very general guideline for parents and professionals seeking information on this topic. —Individuals looking for specific information related to the speech pathology content of the code are strongly encouraged to read the code carefully, contact Board of Education representatives for further clarifications, as well as contact New Jersey Speech Language and Hearing Association (NJSHA) for further information.

Learning Objectives:

—After reviewing this presentation, learners will be able to:

  • —State preschool and school age eligibility criteria for S/L services in NJ
  • — Explain NJ dyslexia laws and ASHA’s position on SLPs screening and assessing students for literacy based disorders
  • —List DOE and NJSHA/SAC resources available to NJ-based SLPs

Slide Content:

  • Preschool Eligibility for Special Education
  • Battelle And Determination of Preschool Disability
  • Preschool Test Selection (General/applies to all states)
  • Initial Assessments Eligibility Criteria: School Age 
  • Re/Evaluation Considerations (General/applies to all states)
  • Select Assessment Battery Suggestions (General/applies to all states)
  • Cognitive Referencing and Qualification for Services
  • A Note on Dyslexia Laws/Screening
  • NJ DOE and Dyslexia Assessment by SLPs
  • ASHA and the Role of SLPs in Literacy (General/applies to all states)
  • Resolution Process Resources
  • NJSHA SAC Resources
  • NJ Office of Special Education Contacts

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