The evaluation process for Diagnosticians/LSSPs What is the focus of their evaluation? How do they determine eligibility? How do they take into account cultural differences? What about their testing might indicate a need for speech-language testing?
Mined academic and speech-language evaluations from the 09-10 school year to identify the greatest area of overlap (LD & SL) and concern
3 rd – 5 th graders
Bilingual* (not limited to bilingual)
Male and female
Initial Referrals for Academic Concerns, referred on to Speech
Population Pool Name Grade Age Gender Speech Results AR 5 th 9:0 Male DNQ JD 5 th 12;2 Male DNQ MA 4 th 9:11 Female DNQ HG 4 th 10;9 Male DNQ ES 5 th 11;1 Female DNQ DR 3 rd 10;10 Female Q WS 4 th 10:7 Male Q BS 4 th 10:7 Male DNQ JG 4 th 9:11 Male DNQ
There was a big difference between when a professional was asked if they wanted speech/language testing and if any anecdotal or direct reference to communicative difficulties were made in any of the referral paperwork.