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Older Children and Adolescents Are Regressing in Their Language Skills Due to Premature "Discharge" or "Dismissal" from Speech-Language Therapy in the School Setting.
Many parents have expressed their concerns to us regarding their older child/adolescent needing continued speech and/or language services in their middle school or high school setting. As a contracted diagnostician/assessment technician for local agencies in North Carolina, we at Perfectly Speaking continue to hear from parents expressing their concerns for the child/adolescent continued need for language/communication therapy.
However, many older children/adolescents are being prematurely dismissed or discharged from their school's speech/language program because of reduced resources in the school setting. Prematurely discharged may lead to regression in students who have not yet mastered their overall communication goals. Prematurely discharging older children/adolescents from speech and/or language services appears to be an epidemic in the North Carolina School System.
Studies have shown older children/adolescents with language disorders are an underserved population (Joffe and Nippold, 2012).
The higher the grade, the more complex the language becomes in the academic/school setting. And parents with children who exhibit receptive language difficulty, expressive language difficulty, or overall communication difficulties have seen their children struggle to achieve academic success.
Not only do children with language disorders struggle in school but they may struggle in their social environment as well. Older children and adolescents without language disorders use complex language to effectively communicate across their environments. Hence, older children/adolescents with language disorders may exhibit difficulty effectively understanding and communicating their thoughts and ideas to their peers. Moreover, older children/adolescents may demonstrate difficulty communicating across their overall environments.
Complex language is used in a variety of environments, such as, by legal authorities, colleges, and in the professional environment. Therefore, discharging or dismissing older children/adolescents before they accomplish their overall communication goals may have a negative impact on the older children and adolescents self-concept.
According to some parents, their older children/adolescents have developed poor self-concept about their academic abilities and overall communication performance. Parents have witness their children's/adolescent's self-concept develop poor self-esteem, negatively impacting their children's/adolescent's social and emotional well-being.
Studies have shown children/adolescents with language impairments, disorders, difficulties are more likely to commit truancy, as well as, exhibit behavioral challenges due to their specific language impairments.
Also, many school systems may transition children/adolescents with specific language impairments into certificate programs, as opposed to helping children/adolescents achieve their diploma. This may lead to disadvantages in attending college, as well as, achieving more desirable careers.
According to Clegg, Hollis, Mawhood, and Rutter, 2005, "Studies have shown individuals with specific language impairments are more likely to be employed in unskilled and manual positions. Moreover, many individuals with language and communication difficulties are "last hired and first fired" during an economic crisis.
Call us now! Even if your child/adolescent has been dismissed/discharged from their school's speech and language program before he/she has mastered his/her overall communication goals, he/she may continue to qualify for language/communication services.
Now that my son is receiving speech and language therapy, can he get disability funding? Yes. No. Maybe. Many children with speech and/or language delays and disorders may qualify to receive disability funding. However, it is up to the highly skilled professionals at disability determination to "determine" if your child meets the criteria to qualify for funding and/or insurance.
At Perfectly Speaking, we help children and adolescents reach their optimal level of communication performance.
Our words are the vehicles of our thoughts.
Human beings are social beings, effective speech and language skills are mandatory to navigate successfully through life.