How to Collaborate: Five Steps for Success Collaboration is more than two professionals working in the same classroom; it is changing instruction to provide curriculum-focused interventions in classroom settings. In order to combine expertise and skills of both speech-language pathologists and general education teachers, several pre-requisites must be in place. (1) Both professionals must share an underlying ... Article
Article  |   November 2015
How to Collaborate: Five Steps for Success
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  • Nora C. Swenson
    Swenson Education Consulting, St. Simons Island, GA
  • Virginia Williams
    College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick, GA
  • Disclaimers: Financial: Nora C. Swenson and Virginia Williams have no financial interests to disclose.
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Article   |   November 2015
How to Collaborate: Five Steps for Success
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, November 2015, Vol. 16, 122-130. doi:10.1044/sbi16.4.122
History: Received July 1, 2015 , Revised August 5, 2015 , Accepted August 6, 2015
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, November 2015, Vol. 16, 122-130. doi:10.1044/sbi16.4.122
History: Received July 1, 2015; Revised August 5, 2015; Accepted August 6, 2015

Collaboration is more than two professionals working in the same classroom; it is changing instruction to provide curriculum-focused interventions in classroom settings. In order to combine expertise and skills of both speech-language pathologists and general education teachers, several pre-requisites must be in place. (1) Both professionals must share an underlying theoretical perspective; (2) both professionals must have goals commonly developed to address requisite skills for grade level standards; (3) roles must be defined; (4) use of strategic instruction that is based on effective practices, and finally (5), reflection and revision provide closure and plans for moving the instruction forward into the next lesson. Co-planning is a common component across these five steps that requires ongoing communication on the part of all professionals for successful collaboration.

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