Entrance and Exit Criteria:
Who is eligible for speech and language services in the schools?
When do you exit?
These are important questions that are understood not just by speech and language pathologists but also by teachers, administrators and families. Why does one child get services but another child does not. Once you are in speech therapy is this a lifetime service?
Here is a document that was developed that gives some guidance in Rhode Island however nearly as soon as these documents are developed they need to be refined and should be considered a ‘living document’ that are evaluated consistently alas even this document was left in ‘draft’ form.RIspeechimpairment
In speech and language often the entrance criteria include standardized tests results which because of the standardization has specific scores that indicate a disability. The test manuals have extensive information on the validity and reliability of the tests. However now we also use functional information. How is the child performing in the classroom? This information is often gathered while doing Response to Intervention.
What is your opinion of the entrance and exit criteria?