Attitudes of Interdisciplinary Team Members Toward Speech-Language Services in Public Schools A survey study examined the attitudes of interdisciplinary team members toward public school speech-language programs. Perceptions of clinicians' communication skills and of the clarity of team member roles were also explored. Relationships between educators' attitudes toward our services and various variables relating to professional interactions were investigated. A 64-item questionnaire ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 1986
Attitudes of Interdisciplinary Team Members Toward Speech-Language Services in Public Schools
 
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  • Lou Tomes is in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Dixie D. Sanger is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 202 Barkley Memorial Center, Lincoln, NE.
    Lou Tomes is in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Dixie D. Sanger is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 202 Barkley Memorial Center, Lincoln, NE.×
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Research Article   |   July 01, 1986
Attitudes of Interdisciplinary Team Members Toward Speech-Language Services in Public Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 230-240. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.230
History: Received September 7, 1984 , Accepted July 25, 1985
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1986, Vol. 17, 230-240. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1703.230
History: Received September 7, 1984; Accepted July 25, 1985

A survey study examined the attitudes of interdisciplinary team members toward public school speech-language programs. Perceptions of clinicians' communication skills and of the clarity of team member roles were also explored. Relationships between educators' attitudes toward our services and various variables relating to professional interactions were investigated. A 64-item questionnaire was completed by 346 randomly selected respondents from a two-state area. Classroom teachers of grades kindergarten through 3, teachers of grades 4 through 6, elementary school principals, school psychologists, and learning disabilities teachers comprised five professional categories which were sampled randomly. Analysis of the results revealed that educators generally had positive attitudes toward our services; however, there was some confusion regarding team member roles and clinicians' ability to provide management suggestions. Implications for school clinicians were discussed.

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