Speech Pathology Caseload Headaches and Money

Without a union, school speech-language pathologists have been struggling on their own to get states to adopt caseload size standards with modest success.  Hence they have been left to ask for more help from administrators who have many personnel requests and budget problems.  

Now in February 2011 we see nationwide budget cuts in schools where special education personnel are being laid off (along with other personnel).  The strategy of asking for more SLP support money is for now dead  in the water.

The Metro in Paris

Here at SSP we advocate for school SLPs to take control of their own destinies, to ethically reduce the number of children placed and retained in special education, and to reduce caseloads thereby.  Creative use of consultation and collaboration plus support for response to intervention with reference to reading support are approaches which can broaden the productive role of school SLPs during these times of limited resources.

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