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I dont know what state youre in, but its not Texas!! Our EI programs actually have tons of slt...its PTs we cant get!!!
I work for the early childhood intervention program in texas as an EIS (early intervention specialist) which Im guessing is what a skills trainer is? There are things that I do with kids that if you had a speech therapist,they would be doing exactly the same and thats probally what the caseworker thinks is the case. However, since Im NOT a speech therapist, there are things that are beyond my scope and then I would definetly bring in someone else! Here, I am a servic provider AND The caseworker so you would never have that issues. All I can offer is what I know about programs in texas, but yes, if you have stated what you want and been told no, it is time to go over his head (another way I know youre not in tx, we seem to have only women in this field here!) In texas, if you cant get resolution, there is a 800 number to the state office you can call.
The trick is getting it in the IFSP, if its there they HAVE to provide it. I dont understand the idea that the team can just say no...beause the team consists of your skill trainers and yourself and you have all said yes.
Ive done this job for ten years and never heard of "language therapy". I guess we call it all "speech therapy" if its for speech, language, artic or feeding. But the SL in slp or slt stands for speech language so I cant understand you being told that an slp doesnt do what your dd needs when what she needs is language help. Thats weird to me.
It totally could be a resource issue. Ive had HUGE issues with kids really needing PT and not being able to get it. They want ME to go out and "cover" it but I cant! Again, there are some skills I can work on that are the same thing a PT would be doing, but there are those out of my scope or experiance and in those cases...I STILL cant get a PT to my families! My director admitts its an issue but one we cant seem to do anything about. Apparently PT"S want way more than an EI program (at least here) can pay. BUT....while I understand its a real problem, its not an excuse. If she needs it and they cant provide it....thats a real problem. As a parent, I'd start thinking about threatening lawsuits!
Ok, heres a tip when you get to school, if you have an independant eval taht says you need st, and they cant/wont give it, they have to pay someone who can/will. You may have to seriously push the issue though, they would never volunteer that info. The EI program only has to pay someone else when they cant provide iti f its in the IFSP. But you need to remind them that you are ALSO a team member and you want it on there!
I wish I could be more help. Good luck!
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