Clinical Forum: Adolescent Language  |   January 1993
Service Delivery Models for Adolescents With Language Disorders
Language Disorders / Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum: Adolescent Language   |   January 1993
Service Delivery Models for Adolescents With Language Disorders
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1993, Vol.24, 36-42. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.36
History: Accepted 10 Feb 1992 , Received 06 Aug 1991
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 1993, Vol.24, 36-42. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2401.36
History: Accepted 10 Feb 1992 , Received 06 Aug 1991

Adolescents with communication disorders have a legal right to speech-language services, and speech-language pathologists in the public schools have a moral and ethical responsibility to provide those services. This article summarizes current service delivery options available to clinicians at the secondary level and explains why the prototype service delivery model (Larson & McKinley, 1987) should be chosen for adolescents. To implement appropriate speech-language services for adolescents, administrative support is critical. The successful school clinician (a) must know counterarguments to administrators' concerns about "what can be done in speech-language intervention past the elementary grades," (b) must understand the impact of the Regular Education Initiative (REI) on service delivery options, and (c) must solicit assistance during program planning from decision makers.

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