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ERIC Number: ED401664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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Utilization and Training of Speech-Language Pathology Support Personnel To Enhance Services for Preschool Children.
Pillow, Gary L.
This practicum involved the development and delivery of a three semester hour community college course for five speech-language pathology (SLP) support personnel assisting in a preschool setting. The practicum addressed the specific problem that support personnel did not demonstrate independent and effective instructional strategies when implementing the speech-language pathologist's plan. The course was designed to provide an overview from all areas of study recommended for a full SLP assistant curriculum. Topics covered included sign language; the manual alphabet; principles of linguistic phonetics; the three systems of speech production (respiratory, laryngeal, and supralaryngeal); the phonetic alphabet; anatomy and physiology of the speech mechanism and the auditory system; normal stages of language acquisition; child speech and language disorders; principles of phonology; types of augmentative and alternative communication devices and programs; clinical methods in speech pathology; basic principles of audiology; aural rehabilitation techniques; and central auditory processing disorders. Evaluation suggested that the support personnel demonstrated an understanding of the phonetic alphabet, improved understanding of the professional vocabulary used by the speech-language pathologists, a beginning sign language proficiency, and basic knowledge of speech-language and hearing services. Appendices include the evaluation survey and a listing of topics covered in the course. (Contains 12 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Educational Strategies, Inservice Education, Introductory Courses, Language Impairments, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Phonetics, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Sign Language, Speech Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Therapy, Therapists, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.