Iowa's Severity Rating Scales for Communication Disabilities PL 94-142 mandates that all pupils who are handicapped receive an appropriate program in the least restrictive environment. In implementing both federal and state laws, it was necessary to depart from the traditional methods of service delivery, and so a continuum of services concept was adopted. Attached to the continuum ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1982
Iowa's Severity Rating Scales for Communication Disabilities
 
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  • Kenneth D. Barker is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, AEA 16, Burlington; Robert A. Baldes is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Mississippi Bend AEA 9, Bettendorf; Phillip H. Jenkinson is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Heartland AEA 11, Ankeny; Kenyon D. Wilson is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Northern Trails AEA 2, Clear Lake; and J. Joseph Freilinger is Consultant, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Iowa Department of Public Instruction, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Requests for reprints may be sent there.
    Kenneth D. Barker is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, AEA 16, Burlington; Robert A. Baldes is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Mississippi Bend AEA 9, Bettendorf; Phillip H. Jenkinson is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Heartland AEA 11, Ankeny; Kenyon D. Wilson is Supervisor, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Northern Trails AEA 2, Clear Lake; and J. Joseph Freilinger is Consultant, Clinical Speech and Language Services, Iowa Department of Public Instruction, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319. Requests for reprints may be sent there.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1982
Iowa's Severity Rating Scales for Communication Disabilities
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1982, Vol. 13, 156-162. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1303.156
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1982, Vol. 13, 156-162. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1303.156

PL 94-142 mandates that all pupils who are handicapped receive an appropriate program in the least restrictive environment. In implementing both federal and state laws, it was necessary to depart from the traditional methods of service delivery, and so a continuum of services concept was adopted. Attached to the continuum of services are severity rating scales that indicate milestones along the continuum. A severity rating scale was developed for articulation, language, fluency, and voice. Although providing direction for the speech-language pathologist, clinical judgment was not compromised. The severity rating scale assists the clinician in case selection and suggests the intensity of the service delivery model. Data obtained from use of the scale can be employed to appropriately assign staff. Each scale is reproduced in an appendix to this article.

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