Workload Analysis: IEP Time and the Group Size Factors in Calculating Workload Concerns frequently voiced by speech-language pathologists working in the school setting include high caseload numbers that often translate into large group sizes. In addition, a large caseload potentially takes time away from an SLP's other responsibilities, such as planning, meetings, paperwork, screening, assessment, and Medicaid/third-party billing (Edgar & Rosa-Lugo, ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2007
Workload Analysis: IEP Time and the Group Size Factors in Calculating Workload
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  • Stephen Mire
    Terrebonne Parish School System, Houma, LA
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Article   |   June 01, 2007
Workload Analysis: IEP Time and the Group Size Factors in Calculating Workload
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2007, Vol. 8, 18-20. doi:10.1044/sbi8.2.18
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2007, Vol. 8, 18-20. doi:10.1044/sbi8.2.18
Concerns frequently voiced by speech-language pathologists working in the school setting include high caseload numbers that often translate into large group sizes. In addition, a large caseload potentially takes time away from an SLP's other responsibilities, such as planning, meetings, paperwork, screening, assessment, and Medicaid/third-party billing (Edgar & Rosa-Lugo, 2007; ASHA, 2000b). SLPs working in school settings have reported that high caseload numbers prevent them from providing adequate services (ASHA, 1993, 2000a, 2002a, 2002b; Pezzei & Oratio, 1991; Whitmire, 2000).
The generally accepted effect of larger groups and reduced time for other duties is reduced quality and effectiveness of treatment, which potentially increases the length of treatment (Edgar & Rosa-Lugo, 2007). This perpetuates a negative cycle where caseload numbers are high, group sizes are large, and little time is left for other assigned duties. Administrators who hear these concerns have to make decisions regarding their validity and how policies and practices should be modified to address them.
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