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ERIC Number: EJ951052
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Program Intensity and Service Delivery Models in the Schools: SLP Survey Results
Brandel, Jayne; Loeb, Diane Frome
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v42 n4 p461-490 Oct 2011
Purpose: School-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) routinely work with team members to make recommendations regarding an intervention program's intensity and method of service delivery for children with speech and language impairments. In this study, student, SLP, and workplace characteristics that may influence SLPs' recommendations were examined. Method: Almost 2,000 school-based SLPs completed an online survey about the factors they consider when making recommendations regarding program intensity and service delivery model that students on their caseloads receive. Results: SLPs reported that student characteristics, rather than SLP or workplace characteristics, were the factors they considered the most when making these recommendations. However, these same SLPs reported that current students on their caseload with severe to moderate disabilities participated in intervention 2-3 times a week for 20-30 min in groups outside of the classroom. Students with the least severe disability received intervention 1 time a week for 20-30 min in groups outside of the classroom. Conclusion: The limited variety of intervention program intensities and service delivery models used suggests that student characteristics may not be the most important factor considered when making intervention recommendations, as reported by the SLPs. Instead, caseload size and years of practice appear to influence SLPs' recommendations regarding which program intensity and service delivery models to use.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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