Dear Speech therapist,
The county has told me that they would pay for music therapy for Andy, if you feel that he would benefit from music therapy. We would need a letter from you stating that he would benefit and that he has a deficit in one or more of the three areas of receptive, expressive or pragmatic language skills. Please let me know your thoughts.
She prepared a letter that did NOT recommend speech therapy for Andy, however, it stated his deficits and that "Andy responds well to music". She clearly was not stating that Andy would benefit from music therapy in any way. I submitted the letter anyway. When it was rejected by the county, I sent this:
Hello Speech therapist,
The county would like to know if you feel music therapy would benefit Andy. They told me the letter was rejected because it doesn't state how music therapy would benefit Andy. Could you elaborate on this in your letter so we can try one more time?
I got this:
I clarified this with the special ed director and was told that the school district is unable to directly recommend outside therapies, since it can make them liable to pay for them. I have CC'd the special ed director on this email in case there is anything else I can do from my position. I am so sorry- I tried to state in my letter that Andy loves music.
The special ed director further said: