Educational Audiologists: Their Access, Benefit, and Collaborative Assistance to Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools Purpose The main goals of this study were to determine if school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have access to the services of an audiologist and if those SLPs felt they obtained benefit from the audiologist’s services. Additional goals included gathering information about SLPs' (a) understanding of basic audiological concepts typical for ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 2011
Educational Audiologists: Their Access, Benefit, and Collaborative Assistance to Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Cynthia McCormick Richburg
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Becky A. Knickelbein
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
  • Correspondence to Cynthia McCormick Richburg: cynthia.richburg@iup.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Sheila Pratt
    Associate Editor: Sheila Pratt×
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Hearing Disorders / School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Research Articles
Research Article   |   October 01, 2011
Educational Audiologists: Their Access, Benefit, and Collaborative Assistance to Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2011, Vol. 42, 444-460. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0011)
History: Received February 9, 2010 , Revised July 9, 2010 , Accepted March 4, 2011
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2011, Vol. 42, 444-460. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2011/10-0011)
History: Received February 9, 2010; Revised July 9, 2010; Accepted March 4, 2011
Web of Science® Times Cited: 1

Purpose The main goals of this study were to determine if school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) have access to the services of an audiologist and if those SLPs felt they obtained benefit from the audiologist’s services. Additional goals included gathering information about SLPs' (a) understanding of basic audiological concepts typical for a school setting, (b) added job responsibilities brought about by lack of access to an audiologist, and (c) collaboration with audiologists.

Method A 36-item survey was e-mailed to 1,000 SLPs listed with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association as being employed in schools. Two-hundred and nine respondents from 42 states returned the survey.

Results Seventy-six percent of the responding SLPs had access at some time to an audiologist, with 88% of them believing they received benefit from the services provided by that audiologist, primarily in the areas of hearing screenings and in-services. Thirty-eight SLPs (58%) who did not have access to an audiologist reported having additional job responsibilities.

Conclusion Many school-based SLPs believed they received benefit from an audiologist when they had access to one. Collaboration between these professionals was strong, yet findings indicate that audiologists could improve their collaborative efforts with SLPs and assist them in working within their scope of practice and maintaining their ethical standards.

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