Fighting School Speech Therapist Burnout

One way of reducing speech therapy caseload size and preventing burnout is to reduce the number of children needlessly placed and retained in special education. 

Speech therapists do not seem to recognize the problem.  They do not have background from college, there are no continuing education courses about the abuses of special education over-identification, and they know little about what the federal regulations forbidding over-identification.  The same can be said for other related services personnel and special education teachers.

We have noted many visitors to our blog conducting searches for information about how to combat burnout, but virtually no visitors interested in school misdiagnosis leading to errors of special education placement.

Some burnout arises from SLPs providing services to non-disabled minority children.

March, 2015

We posted this note in 2010, and has been no change in this area. We do not see that the ASHA leadership has any special interest in reducing over-identification. It is part of a pattern of neglecting old school problems, especially when they constitute public relations problems.

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