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Speech Services

November 2014

Question:
I am wondering how other districts in the state handle speech services for ELLs. Are ELLs entitled to speech articulation if they need it? If so, where can I find documentation in the law to support that? How do schools determine the difference between an accent and an articulation problem?
Your help is much appreciated.

Reply:
Dear colleague, Here is information from our Special Education and ELL Q&A:

"Can bilingual/ESL students receive speech-language services?
Yes, according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.6, "eligible for speech-language services" means a speech and/or language disorder as follows: A speech disorder in articulation, phonology, fluency, voice, or any combination, unrelated to dialect, cultural differences or the influence of a foreign language, which adversely affects a student's educational performance."

This means bilingual/ESL students can receive speech services if they have a disorder that is in addition to dialect, cultural differences or the influence of a foreign language. For example, ELLs who have a speech disorder related to articulation (which may be determined by assessing articulation difficulties that present themselves in both their native language and English) are eligible for speech-related services.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Regards,
Ken Bond

Kenneth Bond
Title III Education Program Development Specialist
New Jersey Department of Education

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