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Speech-Language Impairment (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


Speech-language impairments can impact the way a student communicates. Speech errors include errors when producing specific sounds that are not a result of normal development or language acquisition, dysfluency (stuttering), or motor speech issues. Students may also receive therapy for improving the understanding and use of spoken or written language, pragmatics, and meta-linguistic skills. Students with swallowing disorders or dysphagia can also receive services from speech-language pathologists in Virginia public schools.


Communication/Language Curriculum/Instructional Methods Disability Characteristics Early Intervention Elementary High School Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Middle School Preschool Speech/Language Impairment State Laws