It is time to garner our excitement and SLP-passion for the 2013-2014 school year. As we prepare our brains to aspire towards the most effective year of speech-language pathology services, I challenge you to think of your current service delivery models. A survey conducted by Brandel and Loeb (2011) reported a majority of school-based speech-language pathologists use traditional service methods. What is this traditional service method we speak of? Therapy sessions are conducted one or twice a week for 30 minutes. Is this what is best for our students? In other words, do they make the most progress this way? Did we use the least amount of time in a specialized classroom? Is this the best use of our time as service providers?
The following video is a story about an intensive service delivery model piloted at Jarrell Elementary School in Jarrell ISD during the 2012-2013 school year. Following an intensive, daily intervention schedule, students, on average, scored 18 standard score points higher on their post-tests after nine weeks. Story retells, following intervention, contained introduction of characters, a setting, initiating event, attempts at resolving the problem and a conclusion. Writing samples started as a few lines of text to two-full pages of written text containing all story grammar components. Take a look at the data we obtained.
Then, start thinking about how you can make the most impact as a speech-language pathologist.