ERIC Number: EJ846594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
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A Survey of University Professors Teaching Speech Sound Disorders: Nonspeech Oral Motor Exercises and Other Topics
Watson, Maggie M.; Lof, Gregory L.
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v40 n3 p256-270 Jul 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this article was to obtain and organize information from instructors who teach course work on the subject of children's speech sound disorders (SSD) regarding their use of teaching resources, involvement in students' clinical practica, and intervention approaches presented to students. Instructors also reported if they taught students to use nonspeech oral motor exercises (NSOMEs) to remediate children's SSD. Method: A questionnaire was mailed to 236 speech-language pathology preprofessional programs in the United States that are accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation. Results: Ninety-one questionnaires (39%) were returned. Participants reported that they provided their students with information on a variety of intervention approaches for SSD and typically used professional journals and textbooks for current information. Sixty-eight (75%) participants reported that they did not teach their students to use NSOMEs. Forty-seven (52%) of the instructors supervised students in clinical practicum serving children with SSD and perceived that academic course work and practicum experiences influenced their students' implementation of intervention for children with SSD. Conclusion: The instructors reported that they taught their students a variety of intervention techniques for children with SSD, although most did not teach the use of NSOMEs. These results contrast with previous research indicating that many speech-language pathologists use NSOMEs to improve children's speech (G.L. Lof & M.M. Watson, 2008).
Descriptors: College Faculty, Speech Language Pathology, Allied Health Occupations Education, Practicum Supervision, Speech Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Intervention, Surveys
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