ERIC Number: ED401674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Pupils with Special Educational Needs: The Role of Speech & Language Therapists.
Reid, Jennifer; And Others
Interchange, n43 Oct 1996
This report describes a research project that studied: the speech and language needs of Scottish children and young people with special educational needs, collaboration among parents and professionals, and the perceived effectiveness of different ways of providing speech and language therapy. Data were obtained from a series of mailed questionnaires, school visits, and interviews conducted between December 1993 and April 1995. The project found that there is a pattern of ever-increasing demand for speech and language therapy which continuously outstrips increases in provision. Parents and professionals reported that pupils benefit when speech and language therapy is integrated into the curriculum. The study also showed evidence of collaborative practice among parents, speech language therapists, and other staff both in mainstream and special educational facilities. Parents' comments about the quality of their children's speech and language therapy were predominantly positive. Recommendations for promoting good practice include the need for making explicit the contributions expected of school staff and speech language therapists, structural reviews to identify ways in which the school could be made more accommodating to visiting therapists, good communication and an effective system for sharing of information, and time for collaboration. Implications for professional education and development, policy makers, education authorities, and future research and development are discussed. (CR)
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Language Impairments, Parent Attitudes, Parent School Relationship, Personnel Needs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Speech Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Therapy, Staff Role, Teacher Attitudes, Therapists
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR; World Wide Web at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/[tilde]riu
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh. Research and Intelligence Unit.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)