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Should I tell my child's school about speech impairments?

You should tell your child's school about speech impairments. Keeping your child's school informed is important for his or her educational development. Though your child's teacher has probably already noticed his speech impairment, it is important to discuss your child's impairment for the benefit of his or her education. Talking to the school will allow you or your child's speech pathologist to consult with your child's teacher about communication strategies and ways to facilitate learning, for example. Most schools have special programs for children who have speech impairments to help them adapt; public schools are required to have services by law and are funded by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.).

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