Preparedness of educational speech-language pathologists to provide services to students with traumatic brain injury

Elaine M. Frank, Kristi E. Redmond, Traci L. Ruediger, William K. Scott

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Abstract

This study used a questionnaire to survey South Carolina's educational speech-language pathologists (SLPs)to determine their perceived knowledge about TBI and their preparedness to provide services to students with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Of the 768 questionnaires distributed, 220 (29%)were returned from 43 of 46 counties. Respondents had received degrees from 72 university and college training programs in 27 states. Results indicated that the majority of respondents did not express a high level of comfort regarding preparation for pediatric TBI rehabilitation, but SLPs with graduate training or national certification were more likely to feel prepared than other SLPs. The need for a stronger knowledge base in pediatric TBI was reflected in the mean number of correct responses (15.19)on a 20 item true-false test of general TBI knowledge. The survey found that interaction among respondents, referring rehabilitation teams, and school multidisciplinary teams was not high. The respondents indicated a desire for more education about TBI through direct in service training. A list of references useful for preparing SLPs to provide services for students with TBI is included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-63
Number of pages15
JournalCommunication Disorders Quarterly
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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