Current Trends in the Training and Utilization of Paraprofessionals in Speech and Language Programs A Report on an Eleven-State Survey Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1991
Current Trends in the Training and Utilization of Paraprofessionals in Speech and Language Programs
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kathy L. Coufal
    Department of Special Education, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Allen L. Steckelberg
    Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Stanley F. Vasa, Ed.D.
    Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Requests for reprints may be sent to Stanley F. Vasa, Ed.D., Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1991
Current Trends in the Training and Utilization of Paraprofessionals in Speech and Language Programs
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1991, Vol. 22, 51-59. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2202.51
History: Received May 25, 1989 , Accepted May 10, 1990
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1991, Vol. 22, 51-59. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2202.51
History: Received May 25, 1989; Accepted May 10, 1990

Administrators of programs for children with communicative disorders in 11 midwestern states were surveyed to assess trends in the training and utilization of paraprofessionals. Topics included: (a) current trends in employment, (b) paraprofessional training, (c) use of ASHA and state guidelines, and (d) district policies for supervision. Selection criteria, use of job descriptions, training programs, and supervision practices and policies were examined. Results indicate that paraprofessionals are used but that standards for training and supervision are not consistently applied across all programs. Program administrators report minimal training for supervising professionals.

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