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ERIC Number: EJ776266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Principals' Opinions on the Role of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Students with Communication Disorders Involved in Violence
Ritzman, Mitzi J.; Sanger, Dixie
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v38 n4 p365-377 Oct 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to survey the opinions of principals concerning the role of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) serving students with communication disorders who have been involved in violence. Method: A mixed methods design involving 678 questionnaires was mailed to elementary, middle, and high school principals in a Midwestern state. Descriptive statistics and qualitative analyses identifying themes from 1 open-ended question were conducted. Results: A total of 423 (62.1%) questionnaires were received. Findings indicated that principals were aware of the important role of SLPs on multidisciplinary teams and in planning prevention programs. They agreed that SLP services positively impact students' social adjustment, academic performance, and behavior. Mean responses indicated uncertainty on 12 Likert-type items pertaining to SLPs' training in serving students who have been involved in violence. From 84 participants, 164 ideas emerged in seven themes: (a) intervention/service delivery, (b) definition of violence/relationship of violence to speech and language services, (c) role of SLP, (d) training/education, (e) frequency of violence/safety, and (g) impact of home environment. Conclusion: Findings should be interpreted cautiously due to sample restrictions. Nevertheless, findings support that principals value SLPs' services. They also provide evidence for SLPs to continue to advocate for the services they perform, collaboration, and a range of service delivery models during intervention. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A