13. The Future of School Speech-Language Pathology

In a prior post we made it clear school SLPs must take charge of their positions and change assumptions learned in graduate school.  Reform must be supported by the Membership, and for change to occur school SLPs must interact with  the Board of Directors.  Reform requires membership advocacy.

CASELOAD DECISIONS

“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.

Girl Scouts Marching on Main Street.

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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