ERIC Number: ED340166
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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A Countywide Program for Expanding Speech-Language Services in the Elementary Schools.
This practicum addressed the need to expand and change the speech-language pathology service delivery system within Harris County (Texas), which was experiencing severe shortages of speech-language pathologists with numbers of students going unserved. The practicum involved planning training sessions on alternative service delivery strategies and conducting the training sessions for lead speech pathologists and special education directors from 24 school districts. The strategies were job sharing, multilevel service, use of paraprofessionals, consultation, technology, and collaboration. Notebooks providing resources and details for each strategy were created and distributed for follow-up use in strategy implementation. The practicum resulted in speech pathologists and special education directors feeling better informed about the use of alternative strategies and resulted in increased use of the strategies and more students being served. However, due to population growth, the percentage of students being served remained stable. Appendices contain administrative documents such as organizational charts, a questionnaire, instruments for evaluating objectives, guidelines for the employment and utilization of supportive personnel, and a description of the resource notebook compiled for training participants. (Approximately 50 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.