ERIC Number: ED373500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Delivering Speech and Language Therapy to Head Start Children: A Template for Inclusion through Systemic Change.
This practicum was designed to provide speech and language therapy to children identified as speech and language impaired, in a Head Start classroom with typically developing peers. The practicum involved amending Head Start component plans, discussing inclusion issues at four education component meetings, conducting an interagency meeting with service providers to identify what was and was not working with inclusion and how to overcome the barriers, administering pre-post surveys to Head Start teachers and graduate students in special education, identifying the elimination of segregated therapy space as a barrier to inclusion, facilitating establishment of communication centers in five classrooms, and advocating for the least restrictive environment to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE). Analysis of the outcomes revealed that systemic change in the delivery of speech and language therapy did occur. Twenty-three children used the communication center for speech therapy in their classroom. Head Start teachers and graduate students exhibited changed attitudes about inclusion. The number of CPSE's recommending therapy in the least restrictive environment went from zero to two. Appendices include profiles of the education staff, an inclusion attitudes/beliefs instrument, a workshop outline, and notes for an inclusion presentation. (Contains approximately 100 references.) (Author/JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Project Head Start
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.