Special Education Eligibility: When is a Speech-Language Impairment also a Disability?

Has your child’s school teacher recently called to let you know that your son or daughter may need special education? Is this due to the fact that they think the child is having a hard time following in class? Well, isn’t this what so many kids in the country face at the moment?

A lot of teachers believe that the moment a child isn’t following in class, whether due to their comprehension of the language or shyness, they are having a disability. This isn’t always the case.

With proper direction, monitoring, and coaching, we have seen kids who were already getting ready to be moved actually pick up and even do better than the ones who have been the teacher’s all-time favorite.

The United States has stated the criteria or, permit me to say, requirements for getting special education. If your child hasn’t met these criteria, nobody should tell you that they should be dragged out of their normal life into special schools.

What is Speech-Language Impairment?

This is a discourse that may have had a lot of people mistaken. Parents, guardians, and teachers alike all have their own personal perception of what they think speech-language impairment is. Here we’re going to try to explain it for everyone to understand.

Speech-language impairment has to do with a disability on the part of the child as regards speaking or hearing.

As it concerns speaking, a child may have some deficiencies like stuttering, inability to pronounce certain words, inability to speak at all, fluency with the language, and a host of other factors.

Language impairment would include difficulties in organizing though, ideas, and mental pictures of what to say. A person with language impairment would less likely be able to express themselves with words because they cannot seem to find the right ones to use.

As it concerns a child, we all know that children can take several years before actually finding themselves. We cannot push them into a world where they are made to believe that they are different and not like the other children when actually they’re just passing through a phase just like everybody else.

When is speech-language impairment also a disability?

With all that has been said on the matter, we can agree that the mere seeing of a child’s current incapability to do some things does not qualify that child for a special school.

When then can we call speech impairment a disability? I strongly believe that a child should be allowed to grow into an age where they can fully get a grasp of what real-world situations are like.

Before a child can be deemed to be disabled, an interdisciplinary team would be committee would need to access the child.

This team would collect data from the child’s parents, teachers, and doctors about medical history. When all these have been done, they can then decide whether or not to term the situation qualified to be treated as special.