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Educational Integration and the Contribution of Speech and Language Therapy

Background and aims

The practical implementation of speech and language therapy on a content and structural level in integrative schools – creating a position paper

The introduction of integrative schooling formats is already statutory in several cantons and individual communes are now faced with implementing the relevant guidelines at their schools. One important central theme of integrative schooling is that support measures should take place as close to the lesson as possible. The question arises in speech and language therapy as to how therapy and lesson can relate to each other in the best possible way and what adaptations to the current speech and language therapy provisions need to be made in order to be able to contribute towards educational integration. Increasingly, educational institutes expect professional opinion and recommendations to this effect.

Questions

The introduction of integrative schooling formats gave rise to the question in the field of speech and language therapy as to how the current speech and language therapy provisions can be best adapted in order to provide effective, professional interventions with the highest level of integration.
The following project dealt with speech and language therapy provisions at integrative schools.
The following questions were put forward for investigation:

  • How are speech and language therapy provisions in regular schools to be designed in order to contribute towards the success of school integration?
  • From a professional perspective, what adaptations to the speech and language therapy provisions have to be made with regard to contents and structure?
  • What would be a «good practice» example in terms of integrative speech and language therapy provisions in German-speaking Switzerland?

The aim of this project was to compile a tool consisting of professional recommendations for use by school administrators, members of school boards, speech and language therapists and further professionals.

Methods

International specialist literature was evaluated regarding studies and existing approaches in the field of integrative speech and language therapy concepts. After a comparative analysis with the current situation in the German-speaking part of Switzerland some programmatic guidelines were developed and published in a handout. The main focus was on an integrative and cooperative approach to all the provisions.

Results

Some key examples matching the criteria for good practice were chosen and described. They were the result of a semi-structured guided interview with seven speech and language therapy experts. The key examples show that good and developable approaches for integrative speech and language therapy already exist in Switzerland.

Facts

Duration
08/2009-07/2010
No.
4_9

Project Management

lic. phil.  Kempe Preti

Co-Leiterin Bachelorstudiengang Logopädie

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