SLP Name Confusion Rarely do I write to express an opinion about another letter, but I was compelled to write in support of Gayle Coonce’s recent letter regarding name confusion for the SLP job title (“Name Reflects Communication,” The ASHA Leader, Feb. 15, 2011). I, too, have tried to convey the message that ... Inbox
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SLP Name Confusion
The ASHA Leader, April 2011, Vol. 16, 45. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.16042011.45
The ASHA Leader, April 2011, Vol. 16, 45. doi:10.1044/leader.IN4.16042011.45
Rarely do I write to express an opinion about another letter, but I was compelled to write in support of Gayle Coonce’s recent letter regarding name confusion for the SLP job title (“Name Reflects Communication,” The ASHA Leader, Feb. 15, 2011). I, too, have tried to convey the message that I work on all aspects of communication in my middle-school setting. I have spent the last six years working diligently to demonstrate my ability to work on literacy-related language underpinnings. I support Ms. Coonce’s suggestion of the job title “communication therapist” as it clearly represents any disability that is impacting speaking, listening, reading, and writing. When changes like this are made, it can only help shift the paradigm from “speech” to a more inclusive and comprehensive professional role.
Kim McCallister Beaverdam, Virginia
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