Trained Communication Assistants in the Public Schools This article discusses trained communication assistants in direct speech therapy services to normal and handicapped populations. ASHA's definition of appropriate paraprofessional training programs, selection, criteria, and role expectations are described. Efficacy studies are presented to validate empirically the use of trained communication assistants in the assessment of speech, language, and ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1984
Trained Communication Assistants in the Public Schools
 
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  • Toni K. Shinn-Strieker, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Shinn-Strieker at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Behavioral Studies, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121.
    Toni K. Shinn-Strieker, Ph.D., is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Requests for reprints should be addressed to Dr. Shinn-Strieker at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Department of Behavioral Studies, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1984
Trained Communication Assistants in the Public Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1984, Vol. 15, 70-75. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1502.70
History: Received December 16, 1981 , Accepted July 22, 1982
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1984, Vol. 15, 70-75. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1502.70
History: Received December 16, 1981; Accepted July 22, 1982

This article discusses trained communication assistants in direct speech therapy services to normal and handicapped populations. ASHA's definition of appropriate paraprofessional training programs, selection, criteria, and role expectations are described. Efficacy studies are presented to validate empirically the use of trained communication assistants in the assessment of speech, language, and hearing disorders and in the subsequent delivery of direct speech therapy.

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