School District Support for SLPs The “Overheard” article in the December 2015 issue (“Team-Based Craniofacial CE Program Benefits Clinician and Client Alike”), reported on the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center program to provide support to community speech-language pathologists. Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Public Schools (AACPS) recognized the need to provide continuing education in low-incidence ... Inbox
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School District Support for SLPs
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.21042016.4
The ASHA Leader, April 2016, Vol. 21, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.21042016.4
The “Overheard” article in the December 2015 issue (“Team-Based Craniofacial CE Program Benefits Clinician and Client Alike”), reported on the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Center program to provide support to community speech-language pathologists.
Anne Arundel County (Maryland) Public Schools (AACPS) recognized the need to provide continuing education in low-incidence areas. AACPS surveyed its SLPs’ experience and skill level in the areas of speech/voice disorders and feeding/swallowing. Two SLP positions were funded to support continuing education.
The low-incidence/feeding specialists’ roles are to provide ongoing technical support for development of competencies in evaluation and treatment and to facilitate communication with families and community care providers. The specialists provide hands-on services by visiting the student/SLP dyad onsite. Specialists also prepare SLPs for dialogues with IEP teams, families and community medical providers.
A student’s initial entry into the education system may be infant and toddler services. SLPs in the Infant-Toddler Program complete Judith Trost-Cardamone’s Cleft Palate Speech program.
AACPS maintains an online page for SLPs that is growing in scope and depth. It is a resource for SLPs, similar to the ASHA Practice Portal. The site is expanding to provide FAQs, evaluation and treatment materials, resources, position papers, links to local and national associations, and video in-services.
AACPS supports its staff in developing capacity to provide appropriate evaluations, plan effective treatment, counsel and support families, and dialogue with community health providers.
Gloria Petit-Clair, Annapolis, Maryland

This solution offers schools a creative approach for helping students with low-incidence disorders. Thank you for sharing it.

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