ERIC Number: ED406788
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Report of the Consortium of Organizations on the Preparation and Use of Speech-Language Paraprofessionals in Early Intervention and Education Settings.
Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.
This report presents the conclusions of a consortium of organizations on the development of a framework for the appropriate preparation, use, and supervision of paraprofessionals in the delivery of speech and language services in early intervention and educational settings for children with communication disorders. The framework establishes three levels of paraprofessionals, with job titles such as aide, assistant, and associate, all working under the supervision of a licensed/certified speech language pathologist. Provided for each level is information on the nature of the role and its responsibilities, the education and training needed, and the degree of supervision required by individuals in that role. The framework also specifies the additional knowledge and skills needed by the speech-language pathologist to adequately supervise and use the various levels of paraprofessional personnel in a comprehensive service system. Also specifically identified are those activities which should remain outside the scope of responsibilities of a paraprofessional in speech-language pathology. Attached is a detailed matrix listing the roles and responsibilities, needed competencies/skills, and needed knowledge for each of the three paraprofessional levels. (DB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Communication Disorders, Consortia, Delivery Systems, Early Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Impairments, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Speech Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Speech Therapy, Staff Development, Supervision, Therapists, Training Methods
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.