A Model for the Provision of Speech and Language Services

(As applicable to the Education Act)
A Model for the Provision of Speech and Language Services

Criteria
School Boards

School boards will be responsible in the following circumstances:

  • when assessment or programming for the communication disorder requires close cooperation and liaison with an educational team;
  • when appropriate programming requires the educational environment for improvement;
  • when communication programming can and should be part of the pupil's educational program;
  • when communication problems are having, or are likely to have a significant impact on educational progress or school adjustment, i.e. when educational development will be impeded without communication skill programming;
  • when management by a medical team is not essential.

Where school boards are responsible for the provision of language and speech services, a spectrum of professional and trained support personnel should be utilized in a co-operative, interdisciplinary approach.

Note: In this document, an educational team includes but is not restricted to one teacher working with other professionals, including a school principal, to develop an educational program.

Criteria
Facilities and Centres of the Ministry of Community and Social Services

Facilities and Centres will be responsible when a pupil admitted to a facility or centre, funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services, attends an educational program offered by a school board in the Facility or Centre setting, in accordance with the General Legislative Grants regulation of the Ministry of Education.

Criteria
Local Home Care Programs and Agencies of the Ministry of Health

Local Home Care Programs and Agencies will be responsible in the following circumstances:

  • when assessment and/or management of the communication disorder requires the involvement of and liaison with a medical management team;
  • when co-ordination efforts of other services available within the health setting are required;
  • when the assessment and/or management plan does not require liaison with an educational team, i.e. the goals of the assessment, treatment or plan of care need not become an integral component of the pupil's educational program;
  • when management by an educational team is not essential;
  • when a pupil in a treatment program, funded by the Ministry of Health, attends an educational program offered by a school board in the approved care and treatment setting, in accordance with the General Legislative Grants regulation of the Ministry of Education.

Note: In this document, a medical management team includes but is not restricted to one health professional working with other professionals, including a physician, to develop a plan of care.

Program and Agency service providers are encouraged to liaise with appropriate school board personnel.

See also Policy/Program Memorandum No. 81: Provision of Health Support Services in School Settings