Report  |   October 2003
"What Isn't Language?"
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School-Based Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice
Report   |   October 2003
"What Isn't Language?"
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools October 2003, Vol.34, 284-298. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/024)
History: Accepted 16 Jun 2003 , Received 15 Jul 2002
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools October 2003, Vol.34, 284-298. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2003/024)
History: Accepted 16 Jun 2003 , Received 15 Jul 2002

Purpose: This study examined how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) carry out their roles in the schools. The focus was on language as a domain of specialization and roles relative to other remedial educators.

Method:The study was a qualitative constant-comparative design. Five Wyoming school SLPs and 15 teachers from their five schools participated.

Results: Results showed that language was difficult to define and delimit. Language was present throughout the curriculum and all of the educators taught it. The SLPs and resource teachers demonstrated similar types of language instruction. Oral language and speech were clearly specialty domains of the SLPs. The SLPs were also distinctive in terms of the instructional framework and service delivery structure.

Implications: The findings contribute to understanding the role of SLPs in the schools and how these roles complement and overlap with other remedial educators.

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