ERIC Number: ED182064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Prince Albert Four Agency Cooperative Speech Program. S.S.T.A. Research Centre Report No. 53.
Cowan, William J.
Three Prince Albert school districts and the Community Health Region cooperated to deliver speech therapy services to rural areas; the cooperative program provided services that could not have been funded by the agencies acting independently. The agencies shared responsibility for funding, administration, and implementation of the program. Goals were to provide direct speech therapy for children with defective speech, to train teachers to conduct follow-up programs for children enrolled in therapy, to train parents to carry out home programs, and to counsel parents concerning the problems encountered by a child with defective speech. Although the program was judged a success by all participants, attainment of program goals was hampered by the therapists' limited time--speech therapists visited the schools only once every two weeks. Additional support programs are necessary to meet the objective of providing individual therapy for children with speech problems. Possible alternatives are hiring additional speech therapists, hiring speech aides, reducing caseloads by employing a more stringent case selection system, and developing speech packets that could be used by teachers and parents to help students with less severe speech difficulties. (JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan School Trustees Association, Regina.
Identifiers: Saskatchewan (Prince Albert)