The Need for Speech-Language Pathologists in California Public School Districts A Survey of School Year 1980–81 Research Article
Research Article  |   January 01, 1985
The Need for Speech-Language Pathologists in California Public School Districts
 
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  • Suzanne Diaz is a speech-language pathologist currently affiliated with the Delta Institute, P.O. Box 917, Tiburon, CA 94920. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address.
    Suzanne Diaz is a speech-language pathologist currently affiliated with the Delta Institute, P.O. Box 917, Tiburon, CA 94920. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   January 01, 1985
The Need for Speech-Language Pathologists in California Public School Districts
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1985, Vol. 16, 34-40. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1601.34
History: Received December 23, 1982 , Accepted May 23, 1983
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1985, Vol. 16, 34-40. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1601.34
History: Received December 23, 1982; Accepted May 23, 1983

Forty school districts or 69% of California's counties, responded to a mail questionnaire concerning the need for speech-language pathology personnel in California. About half of the school districts sampled did not need additional speech-language pathology personnel based on their estimate of the number of personnel required. However, when districts were asked to account for failure to provide needed services, only 35% of the districts felt that their needs were met. Forty-seven percent of the school districts sampled had emergency credentialed personnel on their speech-language pathology staffs. Lack of funds and lack of available qualified personnel were cited by administrators as primary reasons for unmet needs for speech-language pathologists. Data concerning the need for bilingual speech-language pathology personnel, turnover, methods of seeking personnel and problems in the delivery of speech/language services are presented.

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