Money and Speech-Lanaguage Pathology in Schools

A theme running throughout education at all levels, federal to LEAs, is the role of money in shaping school policy and decision-making. 

One visitor to SSP asked a provocative question:  “Is a school district speech pathologist a waste of money?”

Taken seriously, there are so many facets to the question.  It is hard to start to answer it.

When one scans the history of speech-language pathology in schools, the most reassuring fact is that there have always been children needing help with speech, language and communication, going back to the early 1900s.  It is an essential feature of early childhood development.

 There is a clear and meaningful mission to study and understand.  How one “monetizes” it is an entirely different question.

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