Bilingual Speech Therapy Evaluations
Did you know that I spend one day a week performing bilingual speech therapy evaluations? I’m on the road going to schools that don’t have a bilingual SLP, but that need bilingual evaluations. I love getting a little puzzle and having to figure out if the student has a communication disorder. Sometimes they have great Spanish and are simply learning English. Anyway, in the video I tell you how to set up your own evaluation practice. I share my story and tips to help you out!
Identifying and Educating School Districts
First, identify school districts that have needs for bilingual speech pathologists. Then approach them about contracting with you to perform evaluations. You may need to educate them regarding the need for a bilingual SLP to perform bilingual speech therapy evaluations. I would say even if they do not have the Spanish-speaking personnel to provide therapy in Spanish, having a bilingual SLP protects the district. It ensures that the district will not identify students as “speech impaired,” who are typically developing and simply learning English. With minorities being overidentified in some areas of the United States, it makes sense. School districts should be sure to not unintentionally put a child into special education when they are just learning English.
Other Speech and Private Practice Resources
I’ve compiled a large list of other blog posts covering important related topics to bilingual speech therapy evaluations and private practice. Check out these other blog posts: