9. SLP Collaboration

Sarah E. Yoho of Ohio State University conducted a survey of Ohio speech-language pathologists investigating issues of caseload management related to selected practice issues (Ohio State, 2009). Collaboration, scope of practice and literacy were examined. Her faculty advisors were Dr.Rebecca McCauley and Dr.Wayne Secord. The study made it apparent little data are available on school practice issues in an era of rapid change in communication disorders and public education.

Results were consistent with current trends:

“As expected, the large caseload of many school‐based
Speech‐Language Pathologists and the broad scope of practice of the profession is the leading factor holding therapists back from adopting the emerging ideas of collaborative practice. The
addition of literacy into that scope of practice is only one small
factor contributing to the concerns of Speech Pathologists.”

The findings suggest school SLPs in the sample wanted to prepare themselves to do more collaboration and literacy but caseload size and time limitations constrained what they could do. They had too many pupils to see for direct service. The respondents spent 62% of their time in the therapy room and 38% in non-direct service activities including classroom programming.

Elsewhere (cf. RTI and Speech-Language Pathology) we commented:

“The momentum of RTI nationwide means SLPs are in the path of an avalanche without much warning. However, SLPs are competent school employees who have the ready talent to make RTI work. It depends on the flexibility of special education directors and individual SLPS. In many cases SLPs will be pushed to the side regardless of their willingness to collaborate…

It is unfortunate SLPs nationwide are tied down to moderately heavy caseloads at a time when they need flexibility to follow mandated educational trends. What happens to the traditional practice areas of voice, fluency and articulation?”

http://www.google.com/searchhl=en&source=hp&q=Yoho+ Ohion+State+Speech+Pathology&btnG=Google+Search

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