I was just contacted by a co-worker. She has been providing services to a Spanish-English 5 year old. (He was a monolingual Spanish-speaker until starting preschool during August 2006. He qualified for services based upon deviation from his speech community, etc. so I am confident an appropriate eligibility determination was made.)
Anyway, she called me because she no longer has concerns, is contemplating dismissal and wanted a second opinion. The language of instruction in his regular education preschool (5 full days a week) and speech therapy has been English. However, the SLP has interspersed and used Spanish words and phrases, but has faded them as he has acquired more English. I went to observe him and his speech was not impacting his ability to be understood by teachers and peers and/or use language to communicate with them in the classroom for educational purposes. The kicker is that according the the Spanish-speaking parent educator, the mother reported she still has concerns with his Spanish. I am interested in getting some opinions about the appropriateness of dismissing and anticipate this might spark some interest and controversy. However, we work in the public schools, so please give insight from that perspective. Respectfully submitted 4/12/07.