Department of Education Urges States to Provide Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Needed Speech and Language Services

October 15, 2015

 

​In a recent letter to States, the United States Department of Education indicated that it had received reports that a growing number of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were not receiving needed speech and language services, and speech and language pathologists and other professionals were not being included in evaluations and participating in IEP meeting to determine eligibility for an individualized education program (IEP) or individualized family service plan (IFSP).

 

The letter indicates that the Department of Education recognizes that ABA therapy is just one of the methodologies used to address the needs of children who are on the spectrum. The letter urges States and local education agencies to ensure that decisions regafing the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) are based on each individual disabled student's unique needs. You can read the letter here.

 

 

 

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