Is School Pull Out Intervention Unscientific and Illegal?

We take the position as have others that school SLP pull-out intervention is unscientific.  It does not represent evidence-based practice.

What is left out of recent papers on the subject (e.g.,–A-National-Survey.htm) is that it is typically illegal.

By using pull-out service delivery for all or most speech language impaired school children SLPs violate the FAPE provisions of IDEA.  

The American Speech Language Hearing Association Board of Directors should take a policy stand against any school practice which violates the civil rights of communicatively impaired school children.  


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  • Kim Marie  On June 7, 2013 at 12:52 am

    I find that when one goes ‘all in’ on one side of an issue or the other, they later have to change their perspective—an all or nothing philosophy leaves somebody out. If we are to treat kids as individuals with different needs, strengths and weaknesses, we have to be open to providing them the best services in the least restrictive way. We need to consider, accept, reject, or change the mode of delivery BASED on their needs and how they learn best. That’s my position. I have yet to read IDEA in any way that negates that philosophy legally. I couldn’t open your link, sorry.

    • schoolspeechpathology  On June 7, 2013 at 10:06 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful comment. JP

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