4. The Future of School Speech-Language Pathology

We have found through our series,”The History of  School Speech Pathology,” that history does repeat itself.  Our history follows a pattern where school speech-language has not matured as a discipline because of  the long shadows of clinical tradition.  

In an analysis of how 1975 changes in public policy were processed, we identified basic issues. They did not involve funding. Rather, they involved problems of perspective, organization and problem solving. To this day, we still talk about “speech therapy” in the school setting.

We saw how workload was the pivotal issue of the latter part of the 20th century. One whole generation wrestled with it.   The future, we argue, now revolves around the role of the school speech-language pathologist. It transcends workload management and reflects advancing American public policy issues in this century.

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