Disappointment With Schools Issue I am writing to respond to the April edition of The ASHA Leader—the issue purportedly addressing school-based issues. I am a school-based SLP, so I was excited to read about “my” issues in the field. As I perused the issue, I was struck most by the disconnect between the “real” ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 2-38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.16082011.2
The ASHA Leader, August 2011, Vol. 16, 2-38. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.16082011.2
I am writing to respond to the April edition of The ASHA Leader—the issue purportedly addressing school-based issues. I am a school-based SLP, so I was excited to read about “my” issues in the field. As I perused the issue, I was struck most by the disconnect between the “real” SLPs and the school-based SLPs. Yes, the articles were written about providing school-based SLP services. However, none of them was written by a school-based SLP. I saw support of value-added assessment without any discussion of the opposing viewpoints (for example, the fact that it is mathematically inconsistent, does not yield reliable results, and is an inappropriate way to measure job performance). I saw an article about qualifying students for special education services that contained numerous confusing statements, and a few things that are potentially not even legal (e.g., providing RTI in the general-education setting without parental consent). My biggest disappointment with ASHA (among my mostly positive feelings about our organization) is the misunderstandings between the university and private clinic settings and the school setting. ASHA is clinic-based, and I am not. This lack of understanding persists, even though almost half of our members work in schools! And it was not addressed in the least by putting out a school-based issue of the Leader without involving any of the school-based SLPs we are supposedly discussing. I give you a “D.” Try harder next time?
Melissa Petersen Seattle, Washington
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