ERIC Number: ED081158
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
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Designing Facilities for Language, Speech and Hearing Programs in Florida Public Schools.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.
Reported are results of a needs survey and of specific planning processes concerning facilities for the approximately 45,000 language, speech, and hearing handicapped school age children in Florida. Detailed are findings from clinician completed questionnaires in regard to available space and physical structure factors which deter a child from hearing, seeing, or acquiring language in individual schools, mobile speech and hearing units. Some of the results given indicate that in 1969-1970, 1,259 of Florida's 1,854 schools served 32,523 children with therapy; that only 64 of 342 schools built after 1960 had facilities for language, speech, and hearing therapy; and that most clinicians used the library conference room or other inadequate areas, such as the custodian's storage area. Appended are examples of the three questionnaires. Planning processes are described in terms of the planners and the format for writing specifications for instructional programs and ancillary services. Included are specifications for housing language, speech, and hearing programs in Florida's public schools; for a language, speech, and hearing facility serving 50,000 school age children with evaluations, diagnostic therapy, and inservice education; for facilities to house preschool programs for children with severe language disorders; and for mobile unit design. Typically included in a specification is a program description, and analyses of needs in relation to space, equipment, furniture, special considerations, and space relationships. Suggestions are made regarding space and equipment required by itinerant personnel, and the appropriate number of language, speech, and hearing centers within individual school plants. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee. Bureau of Education for Exceptional Students.
Identifiers - Location: Florida