OCSLHA

Oakland County Speech-Language-Hearing Association

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Changing Role of the Speech/Language Pathologist  
(Linda Pruden)

The roles and expectations of SLP’s working within the schools continue to change and expand. Today federal and state guidelines strongly encourage resource model teaching with the classroom setting. This change is often scary for SLP’s more familiar with traditional individual and small group sessions.

This course is designed to give participants strategiesneeded to successftilly implement therapy within the classroom setting. A brief overview of federal guidelines will be discussed. This will be followed by a review of the possible therapy approaches and a method to use in collaborating to decide which therapy approach will work best for each student. The different therapy approaches within the classroom setting will then be explored. Emphasis will be placed upon tying speech/language goals to curriculum goals. Issues such as how to manage the caseload, the paperwork, and keep accurate records, while focusing on student needs will, likewise, be discussed. Additionally, time will be allotted for questions and answers. All information presented is the result of 20+ years experience in working within the classroom setting.

Objectives:  Upon completion of this course participants will:

A.   Have discussed past theories/ideas and why the need for change

B.   Learned how to team with the students’ needs in mind

C.   Know how to correlate speech/language therapy goals with curriculum goals

D.   Have skills to begin

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