A Framework for Managing Controversial Practices Every day, speech-language pathologists working in schools make difficult, life-impacting decisions regarding which assessment and intervention approaches to use with their clients. These decisions can become even more difficult when the approaches being considered for use are controversial. The risks involved in making choices about controversial practices are likely to ... Research Article
Research Article  |   July 01, 2001
A Framework for Managing Controversial Practices
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Judith Felson Duchan
    State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Stephen Calculator
    University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • Rae Sonnenmeier
    University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • Sylvia Diehl
    University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Gary D. Cumley
    University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
  • Contact author: Judith Felson Duchan, 130 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214.
    Contact author: Judith Felson Duchan, 130 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214.×
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: duchan@acsu.buffalo.edu
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / School-Based Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Research Article
Research Article   |   July 01, 2001
A Framework for Managing Controversial Practices
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2001, Vol. 32, 133-141. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/011)
History: Received September 21, 2000 , Accepted January 6, 2001
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 2001, Vol. 32, 133-141. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/011)
History: Received September 21, 2000; Accepted January 6, 2001
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Every day, speech-language pathologists working in schools make difficult, life-impacting decisions regarding which assessment and intervention approaches to use with their clients. These decisions can become even more difficult when the approaches being considered for use are controversial. The risks involved in making choices about controversial practices are likely to have increased significance simply because the approach being considered is not widely accepted. The increased professional risk may cause decisions to be made based on risk avoidance rather than on a careful consideration of the pros and cons of the approach itself. This article offers a clinical practice framework for gathering information about controversial approaches and for implementing and monitoring their use. The framework will be illustrated using facilitated communication as an example of a controversial practice.

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