Professional Issues and Concerns in School-Based Speech-Language Pathology, A Survey
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Speech and Hearing Science Honors Theses; 2009
With the introduction of the No Child Left Behind Act, speech-language pathologists have been expected to focus on language and literacy in their work with school age children. The effect this new push for Speech-Language Pathologists to work with children who have literacy difficulties has on job performance and satisfaction is largely unstudied. Speech-Language Pathologists already struggle with large caseloads, a lack of resources, and a broad range of disorders and cases, and this new focus may very well be underfunded and difficult to implement with the current shortage of school-based SLPs. This study is an attempt to begin to evaluate these issues. The expectation is that school-based SLPs will report issues such as too-large caseloads, too broad a scope of practice, and a general lack of support from school administration; all common themes in past studies. The major point of interest will be if and how the newly added guidelines from ASHA have changed the climate. The study will be done using an online survey sent out to group of Ohio school-based SLPs. The participants will be asked a series of questions about what their current level of knowledge is in a particular area and what they feel their ideal level of knowledge should be in that area. They will also be asked how they divide up their work time and if they feel that is the optimal breakdown for the job they are expected to do. At the end of the survey, demographic and personal information such as number of years in practice and their current work setting will be asked to ascertain what effect, if any, those factors have on their responses. This survey could be used to give feedback to ASHA about the current attitudes and self-assessed competencies prevailing in the school-based SLP population. This study could potentially be used as a proto-type for a future, national survey.