Inbox: No RTI in Wisconsin When reading the article "Time Block After Time Block" (August 2013), I bristled when I read we as SLPs are now supposed to be involved in response to intervention. I have been working in schools in western Wisconsin for three years, and it is my (and many others') understanding that ... Inbox
Inbox  |   October 01, 2013
Inbox: No RTI in Wisconsin
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Inbox   |   October 01, 2013
Inbox: No RTI in Wisconsin
The ASHA Leader, October 2013, Vol. 18, 4-5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.18102013.4
The ASHA Leader, October 2013, Vol. 18, 4-5. doi:10.1044/leader.IN3.18102013.4
When reading the article "Time Block After Time Block" (August 2013), I bristled when I read we as SLPs are now supposed to be involved in response to intervention. I have been working in schools in western Wisconsin for three years, and it is my (and many others') understanding that Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction does not allow SLPs to get involved in RTI. In fact, I have been told it is illegal to get involved with regular education students on a consistently scheduled basis. They aren't allowed to be in my room for any sessions, nor can I work with them in any preventive or other capacity as they are not identified "special ed." 
Furthermore, SLPs in our district are not allowed to attend RTI meetings where educators problem-solve students (special and regular education) having difficulty, because SLPs are identified as "therapists" and not as "teachers," and can't give therapy-type advice for regular education students. Although my principals and I would like me to attend these meetings and get involved in RTI services, so I can use my expertise to help my schools more, these lines have been clearly defined by my district.
Why is it that this article states it is federal law that we get involved in RTI, while my state's laws say otherwise, and why is this so confusing? I want to do what's best for the kids while still being in compliance with state and federal rules, now it's more baffling than ever.
Sarah Buening, La Crosse, Wis.
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