The Impact of State and Federal Legislation on Public School Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinicians This study reports the effects of Massachusetts Law Chapter 766 on 211 public-school speech, language, and hearing clinicians approximately 14 months after its September 1974 implementation. Data revealed that since the implementation of Chapter 766, there has been a 38% reduction in case load numbers and a 22% increase in ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1978
The Impact of State and Federal Legislation on Public School Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinicians
 
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  • Marjorie M. Blanchard presented parts of this article at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Houston in 1976. She is affiliated with California American University, 230 West Third Avenue, Escondido, California 92025. Requests for reprints may be sent there. E. Harris Nober is professor and former chairman of the Communications Disorders Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002.
    Marjorie M. Blanchard presented parts of this article at the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Houston in 1976. She is affiliated with California American University, 230 West Third Avenue, Escondido, California 92025. Requests for reprints may be sent there. E. Harris Nober is professor and former chairman of the Communications Disorders Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 01, 1978
The Impact of State and Federal Legislation on Public School Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinicians
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1978, Vol. 9, 77-84. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0902.77
History: Received January 27, 1977 , Accepted July 26, 1977
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1978, Vol. 9, 77-84. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.0902.77
History: Received January 27, 1977; Accepted July 26, 1977

This study reports the effects of Massachusetts Law Chapter 766 on 211 public-school speech, language, and hearing clinicians approximately 14 months after its September 1974 implementation. Data revealed that since the implementation of Chapter 766, there has been a 38% reduction in case load numbers and a 22% increase in number of clinicians hired. Clinician case load profiles have changed and now reflect significantly greater numbers of children with language disorders and more severely handicapping conditions. Clinicians reported a significant increase in interaction with other specialists, paperwork and administrative duties, inservice education, supervision, preschool screening, writing behavioral objectives, and other education-related activities. They expressed high interest in training that would better prepare them to participate as an integral part of total educational services.

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