School Speech Pathology Blogs

Blogs allow SLP writers to express personal views derived from all kinds of sources including experience.  Especially important are grassroots blogs from the people who work in schools.

Eric Sailer has been a continuing interest in school issues, with a growing interest in technology:

Speech/Language Pathology Sharing: Eric Sailer’s Blog

The Online Education Data Base (February, 2011) lists top SLP sites:

20 Best Speech Therapy Blogs | OEDb

According to OEDb, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association sponsors a blog:

ASHAsphere: Everyone in the speech therapy, speech and language pathology and audiology fields needs to bookmark The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s official blog. Their steady stream of articles covers pretty much everything professionals need to know to offer the best education possible.”

Although hearing about new techniques is helpful, our view is that blogs should provide a  unique source of real information about day-to-day practice, and real issues faced.  Keen, accurate and candid views of public policy trends in education have great value.

Posted comments should allow readers to freely post comment without complicated rules discouraging free and open debate, pro or con.  We see among non-profit and for-profit organizations a wide range of  blog restrictions on posts, from simple to complicated, from forthright to guarded.

Traditional academic and professional publications have become overly restrictive on the control of information while claiming it is offered for the public good.   Regrettably tax-payer supported scholars who submit free papers to professional organizations cannot have their works seen easily on the internet, free of cost and/or access restrictions.

The growth of proprietary publishing on the internet is disheartening.  The Wall Street Journal has struggled over the problem of fees for access.  When one is highly restrictive, not as many readers see the ads.  The “revenue stream” viewpoint can backfire.

Also voluntary authors have no say about the shelf-life of pieces placed on internet servers.  Webmasters should not delete  material without a sound basis of policy serving the public good.  There is a Kafka sense to things that disappear without explanation.  In the public arena, pieces proving controversial are “taken down.”  “Oh, we took that down!”  Others say, “We saw it yesterday!”

We support open source publishing to the extent that it can be executed by ordinary people.    The most self-protecting managers would agree that everyone benefits from Google searchers even though all kinds of crazy stuff is churned up.  Managers are on Google every day to learn all kinds of things they need to know while at the same time trying to protect their own content.

Wikipedia is a gem for citizen knowledge and collaboration.  It even is an open forum for understanding current views of speech-language pathology independent of government and private control.

No, SLPs in schools must help each other with information that is objective to the extent that it is about real situations, events, programs and practices.  We must consider the unique context of American education to define school practice issues.  And we must speak openly and candidly with one another.

Update

In 2012 the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association publishes Access Schools designed specifically for school speech-language pathologists. One can submit questions to the ASHA staff:

“The next issue of Access Schools is coming March 2012! Address comments and suggestions for future Access Schools topics to Susan Karr or Neil Snyder at AccessSchools@asha.org. For information, resources, or responses to questions about school practice, e-mail Schools@asha.org. To subscribe to this e-newsletter, send a blank e-mail with the word “subscribe” in the subject line to access-schools-request@lists.asha.org.”

 

March 8, 2015

The blogs put up by SLPs for me demonstrate how little critical thinking is developed in graduate school. Authors have adopted ASHA’s public relations approach to best practice: “Rather than viewing professional education as a science-best practice framework, it now appears to us it is a marketing-public relations domain. Hence, for example, scope of practice expands inappropriately because ASHA makes sure the “product line” covers all novel pathologies, applications and public trends.”

Authors should not put out recommended treatments. Do
SLPs go in for surgery without considering risks /benefits possibilities?

Throughout the archives of U. S. speech-language pathology there is little or no public debate on the scientific merits of this method or that such as we saw in the early days of debate on stuttering treatment. Early SLPs came out to attack “quackery” to protect the public good. We don’t see that now, and every method as long as it is exciting, new and wanted is wonderful. Moreover, ASHA does not stand behind our clinical methods, saying it is not responsible for them if they are implemented.

Bloggers should be more than cheerleaders for fads, in my opinion.

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