Clinical practices of speech-language pathologists working with 12- to 16-year olds in Australia

Nichola Shelton*, Natalie Munro, Melanie Keep, Julia Starling, Lyn Tieu

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Abstract

Purpose: The current landscape of speech-language pathology (SLP) services for 12- to 16-year olds in Australia remains largely unchartered. Implementing the Speech Pathology 2030 vision necessitates mapping current services, and gaps in services, provided by speech-language pathologists (SLPs). However, the last survey of Australian SLPs’ practices with young people was conducted in 2005. The aim of this study was to bridge the service delivery information gap. Method: Ninety-six SLPs working with 12- to 16-year olds in Australia completed an anonymous online survey consisting of binary choice, multiple choice, and Likert scale questions. A theoretical approach to service delivery based on response to intervention models underpinned question design. Result: SLP clinical practices remain traditional, following an impairment/diagnostic model. Additionally, there is an inequitable provision of SLP services across states/territories of Australia, according to whether or not there is government provision for SLP services in public schools. Conclusion: The results suggest a need for standard government provision of SLP services across Australia to ensure equity of access. These findings inform our understanding of contemporary assessment and intervention practices of SLPs working with 12- to 16-year olds in Australia.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Early online date24 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited.

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • adolescents
  • survey
  • assessment
  • intervention
  • Australia

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