To fellow parents of children with a speech delay, Public vs. Private ?

My Daughters pediatrician always talks about the great things they do for speech delays in public school. My 3 Year old has already been to private pre k and I plan on sending her there again, I just want a second opinion.

  • Margaret
    Jul 27, 2018

    Some public schools have a great speech therapy. Almost all public schools have to offer some kind of it too. If you are in a district that values education there’s a good chance they would have an excellent speech therapist. This is due to ADA and that each child deserves an education and support to help them succeed. When you go to a private school they aren’t governed by the same laws and regulations so they may not have a speech therapist but they also might, they just don’t HAVE to have one. If your daughter needs speech therapy (and speech therapy really is fantastic, in general) and continues to go to a private school, odds are good that you will have to pay out of pocket for a speech therapist. If she goes to a public school you will most likely be given the service but that service depends on the school.

  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2018

    Thanks for the overview of it

  • Anne
    Jul 27, 2018

    My son is in a private school and gets no support for speech therapy, it's actually a big PITA for us. In a public school he would get free on-site speech therapy through district special education. Private schools can be great (he attended one that had occupational and speech therapists full time on staff!) but some will have nothing to offer, because they aren't forced to by law the same way public schools are. So you just have to do your research.

  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2018

    That’s interesting We will have a speech therapist come to her Private school this school year, Which I had to set up, which is no problem really. I just felt like the Pediatrician was pushing for it which she said it has more to offer, with a speech therapist on site. I think as long as she’s getting the therapy it’s still just as good.

  • Margaret
    Jul 27, 2018

    I think when any parent or professional has a really good experience with a therapy they are excited to share it with others. Perhaps your pediatrician had one of those experiences with the public school system and didn’t want you to discount it. It’s wonderful that there are so many options for you, between private school, a private therapist, or public school. I’m sure you’ll find an option that’s just right for your family.

  • B
    Jul 27, 2018

    🙋 My son had a developmental delay (speech delay and corresponding delay in social skills) and he got speech therapy through public pre-k for 2 years. I just can't say enough good things about our experience with the school and his speech therapist. She was FANTASTIC!!! The evaluation process was so thorough and well organized. His classroom teacher was in the IEP meeting along with speech therapist so everybody in the classroom was on the same page as to what my son needed. I personally think there was a huge benefit to have a speech therapist that works in the school and with the teachers on a regular basis. His classroom also had a special education teacher so they were able to make sure that he was also not falling behind in other areas (motor skills, etc). My son is 5 now and he's almost completely caught up to his peers. His speech and social skills have just come leaps and bounds from where we started. I was really thankful for what a well-rounded program it was. I feel confident that by the time he goes to kindergarten he's gonna be fully equipped to be successful.

  • JJ
    Jul 27, 2018

    Ask Betsy Devos, bahahahahaha

  • Jenn
    Jul 27, 2018

    Whether in public or private school, your child is entitled to speech services provided by the district. If your child is in private school and there is not a speech therapist on staff, then a contract speech therapist should come to the school. Ask your private school about the procedure.

  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2018

    Yes your absolutely right She will have a speech therapist coming out to her school this school year.

  • Jenn
    Jul 27, 2018

    OK great. I am a speech therapist and it really does depend on the specific person. And whether the parents push for the services you feel your child needs and deserves. You are your child's best advocate so make sure you fight for them.

  • Rachel
    Jul 27, 2018

    That’s what I’ve found to be so true, I didn’t know about a lot of this. Thankfully we have a great pediatrician that informed me about a lot of this.

  • T
    Jul 30, 2018

    Even if you choose private you can still receive services through the public school system.

  • Nicole
    Jul 30, 2018

    I worked in public schools for 7 years as a school psychologist and worked closely with speech and language pathologists. All public schools offer speech and language services and will come to the private schools as well. Children in public schools who are in special education such as speech and language often receive more comprehensive schools than those in private schools because there are more students in public schools that require the services. This means that instead of just 1:1 speech and language services, a child in a public school will often also receive group services where they can not only practice their speech and language skills but also practice them in a social setting with peers. All services are dependent on the student's individual needs.

  • Rachel
    Jul 30, 2018

    Thanks That’s very helpful

  • San
    Jul 30, 2018

    Well it depends on the child

  • Elizabeth
    Aug 02, 2018

    My son has a significant speech delay and public school has been beyond fantastic and doing everything possible to help him