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Old 09-24-2012, 12:25 AM   #1
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How to go about getting help for speech therapy?

I know we have a right to seek help in the public schools in regards to speech therapy. I just have no idea how to go about it.

My DS is deaf in one ear, and when he was younger he had trouble pronouncing certain syllables. He took speech therapy which completely corrected it, and his speech was fine up until about 6 months ago.

Now, though, he has a lisp again. It isn't the same as he had before, so DH doesn't think it is something that needs speech therapy, and he just points it out to DS every time he does it to try to get him to stop. For some reason, DH seems to think DS is just trying to be cute, and that he is doing it on purpose. DS doesn't do it EVERY time, but he does it often enough. I do think that it is something that we should at least ask a speech therapist about to see what they think.

It is his "S", especially when it is at the end of a word, but sometimes at the beginning also. He slurs the sound out. Even when DH points it out, DS tries to correct himself but he can't get it to go away completely.

We live in Missouri, and here we can choose for DS to attend any school that is inside the county we live in. Does anyone know if that means we can choose any school to seek help from, or are we forced to seek help from the school closest to us (the one DS used to attend)? What should I say when I call them?

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:54 AM   #2
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Re: How to go about getting help for speech therapy?

I don't know the answer to your question but my ds is also deaf in one ear. He was in speech therapy from 3 years old to 6 years old in the public school. I pulled him out of school last year and he hasn't had speech therapy since. He also has a lisp and has trouble pronouncing things.

I was wondering though.. Have you had your ds's hearing tested recently? If he was doing well and is now backsliding it might be worth having a hearing check done to make sure everything is still on the up and up.

My ds has tubes in both ears and his hearing tends to fluctuate in his good ear depending on the state of the tubes or if he has a cold ect..
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:45 AM   #3
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Re: How to go about getting help for speech therapy?

It is different in every state. I think the best place to start would be calling the county special ed department and asking for an evaluation. They will be able to tell you more. I also second the hearing eval, unless he has had one recently. I know growing up I had a friend who is hearing impaired. She had hearing aids, and when she would go without them too much she would start having speech issues, so maybe if his hearing has changed it might cause the relapsed speech issues? Good luck!
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Re: How to go about getting help for speech therapy?

Call the school you would want services at (that is in your county) and ask for an evaluation. Then send a written request, and keep a copy of it for your records. They have X amount of days (maybe 30?) to respond to you, and then they have to have an eval done within X amount of days after that. He'll have to be two standard deviations away from "normal" to qualify for services. If he is young and you push them you might even be able to get them to do in-home services if you would rather do that. Also keep in mind that you may like one school better for actual school, but the speech provider may serve all of the schools in your county so you may want to go with the closer school. If you disagree with the schools eval you can do a private one and there is some process about getting services after that but I can't remember how all of that works.... Good luck to you though and to your son!
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Re: How to go about getting help for speech therapy?

I'm not sure if you can choose what school you go to for speech, but as for what to say- I just called the school and told them that I was referred by DS's pediatrician for a speech evaluation, as we believe he has a speech delay. They got me in really quickly for an evaluation, and DS starts speech this week!
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I don't know the answer to your question but my ds is also deaf in one ear. He was in speech therapy from 3 years old to 6 years old in the public school. I pulled him out of school last year and he hasn't had speech therapy since. He also has a lisp and has trouble pronouncing things.

I was wondering though.. Have you had your ds's hearing tested recently? If he was doing well and is now backsliding it might be worth having a hearing check done to make sure everything is still on the up and up.

My ds has tubes in both ears and his hearing tends to fluctuate in his good ear depending on the state of the tubes or if he has a cold ect..
His hearing loss is permanent and fixed in that ear. He has sensory-neural hearing loss, which means that the nerves didn't develop in that ear, so he has zero hearing in that ear and that will never change. That is also why a hearing aid would never help him.

We had him checked yearly, against the hearing specialists advice, just for the school's peace of mind, and it never changed. His doctor finally put his foot down and said not to bring him back for 5 years. lol That was 2 years ago. Trust me, if I thought that could be the issue I would have him in to see his specialist right away (well, as soon as we could b/c his dr is now 8 hours away).

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I really appreciate it!
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His hearing loss is permanent and fixed in that ear. He has sensory-neural hearing loss, which means that the nerves didn't develop in that ear, so he has zero hearing in that ear and that will never change. That is also why a hearing aid would never help him.

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Yes it's the same for my ds, he has zero hearing in one ear and can't wear aids. We did a consult on the baha but decided against it. We have just also always dealt with ear infections and tubes in both ears. For that reason he was pretty much almost completely deaf from early on until almost 3 years old when he got his first set of tubes. Anyways.. I hope you're able to get speech lined up!
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That's fantastic if you're able to get speech services through the schools even though you homeschool. I'm in Wisconsin, and the public schools here will not provide speech therapy to homeschooled students. They evaluated ds to determine if he was in need of speech services, and he is. If he were a student in the public schools he would be receiving services, but because he's homeschooled, they cannot provide them because of the way the state special education law/funding is done. So, it stinks. My husband is actually a public school teacher, so end of last year we paid the speech language pathologist at his school to work with our son. He made progress but not as much as he could if he were getting more frequent/regular services.
Hope everything works out well for your ds!
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That's fantastic if you're able to get speech services through the schools even though you homeschool. I'm in Wisconsin, and the public schools here will not provide speech therapy to homeschooled students. They evaluated ds to determine if he was in need of speech services, and he is. If he were a student in the public schools he would be receiving services, but because he's homeschooled, they cannot provide them because of the way the state special education law/funding is done. So, it stinks. My husband is actually a public school teacher, so end of last year we paid the speech language pathologist at his school to work with our son. He made progress but not as much as he could if he were getting more frequent/regular services.
Hope everything works out well for your ds!
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