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ERIC Number: EJ909119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Current Training and Continuing Education Needs of Preschool and School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists regarding Children with Cleft Lip/Palate
Bedwinek, Anne P.; Kummer, Ann W.; Rice, Gale B.; Grames, Lynn Marty
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v41 n4 p405-415 Oct 2010
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to obtain information regarding the education and experience of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) regarding the assessment and treatment of children born with cleft lip and/or palate and to determine their continuing education needs in this area. Method: A 16-item mixed-methods survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data was distributed via postal mail to a geographically diverse random sample of 565 preschool and school SLPs. Results: The response rate was 59%. With an average of 15.93 years in practice, respondents reported that they infrequently saw children with cleft lip/palate. When treating these children, respondents wanted communication with the cleft-craniofacial team, accessible continuing education through Web sites and conferences, and clinically practical information relevant to the school setting. Conclusion: When assessing and treating a low-incidence population such as children with cleft-related communication disorders, school-based SLPs need accessible, accurate continuing education resources and collaboration with specialists in the field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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