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Speech Services

According to the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA, Speech or language impairment means a communication disorder, such as stuttering, impaired articulation, a language impairment, or a voice impairment, that adversely affects a child's educational performance.

Evaluation Information

An evaluation is a procedure to collect information about a child to determine if a student has a disability and to inform the case conference committee about your child’s special education and related service needs. The information is gathered from a variety of sources (including parents and through a variety of assessment instruments).

If you suspect your child has a disability and requires special education and related services, you may request that the school conduct an initial educational evaluation of your child. You may request that the school conduct an initial educational evaluation of your child by sending a signed written request to licensed school personnel or making a verbal request to a licensed school personnel. A comprehensive evaluation must be conducted before the CCC can determine if a student is eligible for special education and related services. Your written consent is required before the school can conduct the evaluation. The initial evaluation must be conducted and the case conference convened within 50 school days to the date the school receives your written consent.

Please contact your school’s SLP if you have concerns about your child’s speech or language. If your child is not yet in kindergarten, please contact Brooks School Elementary’s Early Childhood program (317) 915-4250 for information regarding screenings/testing.

If you are the parent of private school or a homeschooled student, please contact your home school for information regarding special education services.

Hearing Screenings

The State of Indiana mandates that hearing screenings must be conducted for students in 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th grades as well as any new student who has transferred into the school corporation. Hamilton Southeastern’s policy also includes the screening of kindergarten students. Records of all tests are made and continuously maintained to provide information that may assist in diagnosing and treating any student’s auditory abnormality. However, diagnosis and treatment shall be performed only on recommendation of an Indiana physician who has examined the student.

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Additional Program Information

Student holding iPad EARLY CHILDHOOD (AGES 3 - 5)

What if I think my preschool aged child has an articulation or language delay? How are they assessed?

Learn more about Early Childhood speech assessment...

Articulation disorder is a term referring to problems making speech sounds.  Phonological process disorder refers to patterns of sound errors.

Learn more about articulation and phonology,,,
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Student working with Teacher LANGUAGE AND VOICE

Language is a complex and dynamic system of conventional symbols that is used in various modes for thought and communication. A voice disorder is characterized by the abnormal production and/or absences of vocal quality, pitch, loudness, resonance, and/or duration.

Learn more about language and voice disorders...

Stuttering is defined as disruptions in the production of speech sounds called disfluencies. If you feel that your child may be displaying signs and symptoms of stuttering, click the link below to view resources and help.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of stuttering and the resources available to work with it...
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If you have any additional questions, contact us and we will be happy to help!

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