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Back to School: Key Facts for Families New to Speech and Language Services

ASHA Provides Information to Help Parents/Caregivers Understand School-Based Services ROCKVILLE, Md., Aug. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- As children across the country return to classrooms, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is offering families information about speech and language services in the schools.This information can help families learn how schools can best meet their child's unique needs.Annually, more than 1 million students ages 3 to 21 receive special education services for speech and language disorders through public schools. These students usually work with speech-language pathologists (SLPs)a??professionals who help people of all ages with communication and swallowing disorders. "Gaining an understanding of how the special education process works can seem overwhelming, but this information can help families learn how schools can best meet their child's unique needsa??working together with parents and caregivers," said ASHA President Judy Rich, EdD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL. "Speech-language pathology services can allow students to realize their full academic potential and be confident communicators who thrive socially."Here are 10 facts for families to keep in mind if their child is beginning services this school year:
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