Sonoma County Office of Education

Diagnostic Center North: Best Practices in Assessment for Speech and Language Pathologists

Assessments are the foundation for the IEP process. However, myths abound about speech language assessment. How students are eligible and who gets served? Myths like writing a report isn’t necessary for SLPs. It is fine to offer services without an assessment. A student needs to score below the 7th percentile for speech and language services. You can’t serve students with a single articulation error. There is a “speech IEP.” This seminar will tackle the requirements for assessment under IDEA and the California Education Code. What to assess, what to include in the report and how students become eligible will be discussed. The content is appropriate for speech language pathologists serving students at all grade levels and disabilities who are new to school practice or those who want a refresher.

Participants will:
  • Describe what to include in an assessment of speech and language skills.
  • List what to include in the assessment report
  • Discuss eligibility under Speech Language Impairment and the speech language pathologist’s role as a related service provider.
  • A Certificate of Completion is available to participants. This may be used to document professional development hours or applied towards the credential requirements for Education Specialist Level II non-university activities. The Diagnostic Center is also a California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board approved continuing professional development provider.

    When Wednesday, March 22, 2023
    1:00 p.m. - 2:30pm
    Location Virtual via Zoom
    Presenter Janet McLellan, Ph.D., M.A., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist
    Cost Free
    Audience Speech-Language Pathologists and Administrators.
    Registration closes 03/20/2023
    Registration Norma Leiva-Fernandez, 7075242750,
    Questions Andrea Wells, 707 524 2764,

    Online Registration is not available.