Providing Written Language Services in the Schools: The Time Is Now Purpose: The current study was conducted to investigate the provision of written language services by school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Specifically, the study examined SLPs' knowledge, attitudes, and collaborative practices in the area of written language services as well as the variables that impact provision of these services.Method: Public ... Article
Article  |   January 2011
Providing Written Language Services in the Schools: The Time Is Now
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Karen A. Fallon
    Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Lauren A. Katz
    Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Contact author: Karen A. Fallon, Towson University, Department of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Deaf Studies, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252. E-mail: kfallon@towson.edu.
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationAmerican Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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School-Based Settings / Practice Management
Article   |   January 2011
Providing Written Language Services in the Schools: The Time Is Now
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 3-17. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/09-0068)
History: Received September 21, 2009 , Revised January 11, 2010 , Accepted June 3, 2010
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2011, Vol. 42, 3-17. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/09-0068)
History: Received September 21, 2009; Revised January 11, 2010; Accepted June 3, 2010
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Purpose: The current study was conducted to investigate the provision of written language services by school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Specifically, the study examined SLPs' knowledge, attitudes, and collaborative practices in the area of written language services as well as the variables that impact provision of these services.

Method: Public school–based SLPs from across the country were solicited for participation in an online, Web-based survey. Data from 645 full-time SLPs from 49 states were evaluated using descriptive statistics and logistic regression.

Results: Many school-based SLPs reported not providing any services in the area of written language to students with written language weaknesses. Knowledge, attitudes, and collaborative practices were mixed. A logistic regression revealed three variables likely to predict high levels of service provision in the area of written language.

Conclusion: Data from the current study revealed that many struggling readers and writers on school-based SLPs' caseloads are not receiving services from their SLPs. Implications for SLPs' preservice preparation, continuing education, and doctoral preparation are discussed.

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