2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

A Survey of Speech Implementers in the State of Missouri
Ann M. Filla*, Brooke N. Zell, and Elizabeth D. Morrey
Dr. Janet Gooch, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this project was to survey 356 speech implementers registered with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the state of Missouri. Speech implementers provide services under a model established by DESE and appear to function in a role similar to speech-language pathology (SLP) assistants as described in state licensure law for speech-language pathologists. The survey was used to determine the attitudes of speech implementers regarding level of preparation, satisfaction with training and level of supervision, and the implementer model in general. Factors including the school setting (urban/rural), educational background of the implementer, and years of experience as a speech implementer were examined. Results of the survey and the implications of these results will be discussed.

Keywords: Speech-language pathology, Speech implementers, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 40-2
Location: VH 1236
Time: 1:30

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