TLC + KNOWLEDGE = Best Speech-Language Practices in the Schools As a child, I remember my grandmother saying, “Be careful what you ask for; you might get it.” This seems to capture much of what we are now doing and should be doing as school-based speech-language pathologists. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, we begged to work in the ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
TLC + KNOWLEDGE = Best Speech-Language Practices in the Schools
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  • Diane L. Eger
    DIACOMM Consulting, Inc., Moon Township, PA
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Article   |   July 01, 2003
TLC + KNOWLEDGE = Best Speech-Language Practices in the Schools
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2003, Vol. 4, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi4.2.3
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2003, Vol. 4, 3-7. doi:10.1044/sbi4.2.3
As a child, I remember my grandmother saying, “Be careful what you ask for; you might get it.” This seems to capture much of what we are now doing and should be doing as school-based speech-language pathologists. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, we begged to work in the classroom. In the 80s Frasinelli, Superior and Myers (1983)  wrote the kernel article in our literature on the consultation service delivery model. We have been asking the educational team to participate in this approach ever since. We have moved through various philosophical therapeutic approaches as new information has continuously been generated. For example, we have moved from articulation therapy to phonological therapy; from operant syntactic therapy to pragmatic therapy, from pragmatics to semantics; from decontextualized therapy to curriculum-based therapy; from segregated facilities to integrated settings; and from formal testing to authentic assessment. The outpatient speech and language caseload in pediatric hospitals in the 70s is now typical of the school caseload in addition to various role expansions directly related to literacy. So what does this mean in relation to “best practices” in school-based speech and language services? I believe we need TLC plus KNOWLEDGE. The TLCin this case is the foundation for the KNOWLEDGEpart of this equation.
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