Using What You Have: Training Teacher Assistants as Speech-Language Assistants The “Speech-Language Assistant (S/L Assistant or SLA) Model” in Broward County Schools was created to assist the speech-language pathologist (SLP) with the continuing effort to provide quality programs to students with speech and language impairments. Through the perseverance and dedication of a group of SLPs and the organization SPEECH (Speech ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2009
Using What You Have: Training Teacher Assistants as Speech-Language Assistants
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  • Lisa Keane
    Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Laura Rogers
    Broward County Public Schools, Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Article   |   March 01, 2009
Using What You Have: Training Teacher Assistants as Speech-Language Assistants
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 19-22. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.19
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, March 2009, Vol. 10, 19-22. doi:10.1044/sbi10.1.19
Abstract

The “Speech-Language Assistant (S/L Assistant or SLA) Model” in Broward County Schools was created to assist the speech-language pathologist (SLP) with the continuing effort to provide quality programs to students with speech and language impairments. Through the perseverance and dedication of a group of SLPs and the organization SPEECH (Speech Language Pathologists Energetically Effecting Change), a 3-year study called The Speech Language Improvement Plan was initiated. The study demonstrated that the use of S/L assistants increased dismissal rates, allowed for better caseload management, and improved the student / SLP ratio. In order to maintain consistency and fidelity of the SLA Model, specific requirements were established. Consideration of the S/L Assistant Model for a school requires that the school administrator and SLP review caseload, workload, and budget factors to determine the needs of the students. There are limitations to the responsibilities of an S/L assistant that must be taken into consideration as well. Training of the S/L assistant includes a variety of activities, readings, and observations along with verification of competencies.

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