Speech Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology services are provided for students who meet the eligibility requirements for Speech-Language Impairment as the student's primary disability, or if an IEP team agrees that the student requires speech and language services as a related service. Speech-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. Students with swallowing disorders or dysphagia can also receive services from speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in Virginia public schools.
All students who have IEPs that specify the provision of speech-language services must receive those services by a qualified Speech-Language Pathologist (Virginia Special Education Regulations, 8 VAC 20-81-40). Speech-Language Pathologists serving students in Richmond Public Schools must hold a license issued by the Virginia Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. In addition, Virginia Special Education Regulations specify that the special education provider on the IEP Team will be a speech-language pathologist for students whose only disability is speech-language impairment.
A Speech-Language Pathologist is assigned to each school within the Richmond Public School District. In addition, Speech-Language Pathologists are assigned to provide speech and language services as required to students enrolled in the preschool centers, specialty schools, private schools and private day schools. Speech-Language Pathologists may provide itinerant services in two or more settings