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Speech/Language Referral

If you have concerns about a student's speech/language skills within your classroom please follow the steps listed below to make a referral:

  1. Make sure to address your concern with the student's parent(s) prior to making a referral.
  2. If you have concerns about a child's articulation or speech production skills, please consult the speech sound production chart to determine if the sound errors are considered developmental errors.   Sound errors are not addressed in skilled speech therapy until the grade listed on this form.
  3. Print and fill out SPEECH AND LANGUAGE REFERRAL FORM completely and place in my mailbox (form will be returned to you if not completed in full).
  4. A permission for screening form will then be sent home with student for parent signature.  Please note that a child cannot be screened without written parent permission (this includes informally listening to the child to see if a referral is appropriate).
  5. Once the permission is returned to me, the child will be placed on a referral list.  Screenings will be completed in the order received in most cases.
  6. I will let you know the results of the screening.  A note will also be sent to the child's parents to indicate results of the screening.
  7. If a child passes the screening, nothing further will be done.
  8. If a child does not pass the screening, formal evaluation procedures will begin.  Please note that legally the law allows up to 60 school days to complete an evaluation.  Typically this will not be the case, but based on current referrals, caseloads, etc. the process can take some time.


Speech Sound Eligibility Chart

The following chart shows what grade each sound is eligible for remediation via speech therapy in Plainfield District 202. Prior to that age misarticulation of sounds is considered developmental.

Kindergarten – m, n, h, y, w, p, b, t, d, k, g, f, ng

 First – v, l, sh

Second – s, z, ch, th, j

Third – r


 In addition to looking at sound production, patterns of production are also assessed. Children should not be deleting initial (ook/book), medial (bu-on/button), or final sounds (ca-/cat) of words; syllables in words (puter/computer); or misproducing all sounds within a sound class such as stridency deletion (tun/sun; too/zoo; tark/shark).