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ERIC Number: ED342547
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar-18
Pages: 9
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Alternative Service Delivery by Speech Language Hearing Professionals in Rural Schools: Classroom Based Interventions.
Montgomery, Judy K.
This paper describes an intervention model used by speech language pathologists (SLP) in rural schools. The model involves whole-class instruction for children with communication disorders. Whole-class instruction uses the curriculum content and expectations of children's regular classrooms for the content of speech language therapy. The SLPs assess children for language and speech disorders using traditional diagnostic tests and by observing students' interactions in the classroom. Consultation and collaboration of services between the SLP and the teacher is achieved as the SLP learned the curriculum and expectations of the classroom and developed class activities that will help children become more successful in the classroom. Any change in children's performance is measured by the SLP and the teacher. This model is suitable because the classroom allows children to communicate, and acquire and maintain new skills in a natural setting. In addition, therapy taking place in the classroom leads to a better chance of reaching the many students in need. This model increases the credibility of SLPs as an educational team member because the goal is the academic success of students. Seven consultation and collaboration models are described to illustrate approaches unique to the characteristics of students, schools, curriculum, and communities. These programs have been successful in incorporating the SLP as a critical member of the educational team and have demonstrated improvement of student dismissal rates when comparing these programs to traditional services. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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