6. The Future of School Speech-Language Pathology

To reform school speech-language pathology in the United States, aspects of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association must be changed fundamentally so that university graduates receive the  specific clinical training they need to  meet the specific modern requirements of school practice.  There is no choice.  ASHA is the sole agency responsible to the public for ensuring SLP preparation.  Our position follows:

“American school speech-language pathology should be a separate division of the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association, or even a separate organization like the National Association of School Nurses. A historic bias favoring medical speech pathology must be addressed to align ASHA’s mission with contemporary school practice. The aim should be to improve budget accountability, organizational focus, content relevance, academic preparation and public relations. More than half of ASHA’s membership is school based” (Panagos, J. M., Hearing Journal, September 2012 – Volume 65 – Issue 9 – p 2).

http://journals.lww.com/thehearingjournal/Fulltext/2012/09000/Editorial___Reforming_American_Speech_Language.11.aspx

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