School-Age Language Bumpy Road or Super-Expressway to the Next Millennium? Viewpoint
Viewpoint  |   September 01, 1994
School-Age Language
 
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  • Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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School-Based Settings / Viewpoint: Speech-Language Pathology Moving Toward the 21st Century
Viewpoint   |   September 01, 1994
School-Age Language
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1994, Vol. 3, 29-31. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0303.29
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, September 1994, Vol. 3, 29-31. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0303.29
From the vantage point of the still young 1990s, the pathway to the 21st century looks more like a bumpy road than a super-expressway for school-age children with speech-language-hearing impairments. Influences affecting services to this population are far from predictable. In some areas, opposing forces seem to race toward each other like two freight trains on the same track.
Challenges and opportunities that will influence the future can be identified in at least three major areas: population, policy, and professional practice. Considering each area and its implications may help professionals prepare for the process of change, and, it is hoped, make it smoother. While doing so, it is important to acknowledge that “challenges” are not necessarily negative. As Kanter (1983)  suggested, being a change master may involve a decision to stop looking at change as an obstacle to be surmounted and to start looking at it as an opportunity to improve.
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