Current Training and Continuing Education Needs of Preschool and School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding Children With Cleft Lip/Palate Purpose The purpose of this study was to obtain information regarding the education and experience of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) regarding the assessment and treatment of children born with cleft lip and/or palate and to determine their continuing education needs in this area. Method A 16-item ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2010
Current Training and Continuing Education Needs of Preschool and School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding Children With Cleft Lip/Palate
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Anne P. Bedwinek
    St. John’s Mercy Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Ann W. Kummer
    University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
  • Gale B. Rice
    Fontbonne University, St. Louis, MO
  • Lynn Marty Grames
    St. Louis Children’s Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Contact author: Anne P. Bedwinek, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, Child Development Center, 641 New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141. E-mail: speechpathmama@yahoo.com.
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Special Populations / Genetic & Congenital Disorders / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 2010
Current Training and Continuing Education Needs of Preschool and School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Regarding Children With Cleft Lip/Palate
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2010, Vol. 41, 405-415. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/09-0021)
History: Received March 24, 2009 , Revised July 30, 2009 , Accepted September 14, 2009
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2010, Vol. 41, 405-415. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/09-0021)
History: Received March 24, 2009; Revised July 30, 2009; Accepted September 14, 2009
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Purpose The purpose of this study was to obtain information regarding the education and experience of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) regarding the assessment and treatment of children born with cleft lip and/or palate and to determine their continuing education needs in this area.

Method A 16-item mixed-methods survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data was distributed via postal mail to a geographically diverse random sample of 565 preschool and school SLPs.

Results The response rate was 59%. With an average of 15.93 years in practice, respondents reported that they infrequently saw children with cleft lip/palate. When treating these children, respondents wanted communication with the cleft–craniofacial team, accessible continuing education through Web sites and conferences, and clinically practical information relevant to the school setting.

Conclusion When assessing and treating a low-incidence population such as children with cleft-related communication disorders, school-based SLPs need accessible, accurate continuing education resources and collaboration with specialists in the field.

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