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Classroom Based Services

SLPs Provide many different services in schools.  Therapy can be in the classroom, while the classroom teacher teaches the rest of the class or in a separate setting with the child and SLP alone.  Classroom based services allow the SLP to work with a child while the classroom teacher continues to deliver his/her lesson to the class.

Why classroom based services?

  • Instruction in the classroom allows for generalization in a natural setting.
  • In the classroom there is incidental communication, which allows the SLP and the student to work on communication in a functional way.
  • Functional therapy allows for more progress within academic, social, and emotional domains.
  • Targeting speech and language goals in the classroom allows SLPs to relate the student’s goals to current academic curriculum in a more functional way.
  • It allows for children with disabilities to be taught in the least restrictive environment and encourage peer inclusion and interaction.
  • It can help the classroom teacher learn strategies to help their students and help the SLP better understand their student’s needs in the classroom and in a functional communication setting.
  • Studies show that areas such as writing, oral language, curriculum based language, phonological awareness, and vocabulary can be positively impacted by having SLP and teacher collaboration for curriculum based services.

 

Source : https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2396941516680369

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