Two new ASHA documents on the roles and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists in schools are available for ASHA members.
The position statement and professional issues statement documents (which replace Guidelines on the Roles and Responsibilities of the School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists approved in 2000) describe the critical roles and responsibilities that should provide the basis for speech-language services in schools to promote efficient and effective outcomes for students. The roles and responsibilities reflect educational reform, evolving professional practices, and legal mandates.
The following members of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Roles and Responsibilities of the School-Based SLP developed the documents: Barbara Ehren (chair), Frances Block, Catherine Crowley, Ellen Estomin, Sue Ann Goldman, and Susan Karr (ex officio). The monitoring vice presidents for professional practices in speech-language pathology were Brian Shulman (2006–2008) and Julie Noel (2009–2011), with contributions from ASHA staff member DeborahAdamczyk.
To read the new documents, see ASHA's professional issues statement and ASHA's position statement.
More information about the documents will appear in the Aug. 3 issue of The ASHA Leader.