Background: Research into the practices of speech-language therapists in clinical sessions is beginning to identify the way communication in clinical interactions both facilitates and potentially impedes the achievement of therapy goals. Aims: This target article aims to raise the issues that arise from critical reflections on the communication of speech-language therapists for both clinical practice and clinical education of future speech-language therapists. Methods & Procedures: The paper reviews the past and current literature into the communication of speech-language therapists with their clients and provide examples drawn from the authors' own empirical research. Outcomes & Results: It is argued that one cannot assume that the current rhetoric regarding collaborative practice matches what is currently done in clinical work. Conclusions: This paper calls attention to the need to evaluate critically the processes and nature of acculturation that occurs during the first stages of professional development as a student speech-language therapist through to the ongoing development of professional practice.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|
Ferguson, A., & Armstrong, E. (2004). Reflections on speech-language therapists' talk: implications for clinical practice and education. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 39(4), 469-477. https://doi.org/10.1080/1368282042000226879