Back to School: Why the Speech-Language Pathologist Belongs in the Classroom Sam is a 12-year-old boy who recently began the sixth grade at a rural middle school. Like many of his classmates, Sam spent a relaxing summer playing baseball, fishing, and swimming at a nearby lake. However, now that the school year is underway, he is experiencing increasing frustration in the ... From the Editor
From the Editor  |   October 2010
Back to School: Why the Speech-Language Pathologist Belongs in the Classroom
 
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From the Editor   |   October 2010
Back to School: Why the Speech-Language Pathologist Belongs in the Classroom
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2010, Vol. 41, 377-378. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/ed-04)
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2010, Vol. 41, 377-378. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2010/ed-04)
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Sam is a 12-year-old boy who recently began the sixth grade at a rural middle school. Like many of his classmates, Sam spent a relaxing summer playing baseball, fishing, and swimming at a nearby lake. However, now that the school year is underway, he is experiencing increasing frustration in the classroom. Unlike most of his classmates, Sam has a language disorder.
With the downturn in the economy and the shrinking supply of jobs that pay a living wage but do not require a postsecondary education (e.g., those in farming, construction, and sales), it is more important than ever that children such as Sam receive the specialized assistance they require to develop their spoken and written language skills to a level that will allow them to have reasonable options in life. By reasonable options, I mean that they are able to perform well enough in school that they might eventually attend and successfully complete a postsecondary program of study at a college or university that prepares them for the 21st century workforce.
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