The Speech-Language Impaired program in Gwinnett County Public Schools addresses the communication disorders of all eligible students in a variety of settings and therapeutic intervention models. A student may evidence a disorder in any of the following areas: articulation, language, fluency, or voice. A disorder in any of these areas of communication may impact a student’s interpersonal communication as well as his/her progress in the curriculum. Often, the communication disorder is the first area in which a family recognizes that their child may have a problem.
In GCPS, we follow the state guidelines for eligibility for Speech-Language Services. All children who are felt to have a disorder in the communication area are evaluated by a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist. Based upon that evaluation, an eligibility conference is held with, at a minimum, the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), the child’s teacher, and the parents to review the testing and to determine if the child actually exhibits a true communication disorder. If it is determined that a communication disorder exists, an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is written by a committee that will again include, at a minimum, the SLP, the child’s teacher(s), and the child’s parents.