Developing an Early Intervention Preservice Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology This article describes an early intervention program designed for speech-language pathologists enrolled in a master's-level program. The program provided students with courses and clinical experiences that prepared them to work with birth to 5-year-old children and their families in a family-centered, interdisciplinary, and ecologically valid manner. The effectiveness of the ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 01, 1995
Developing an Early Intervention Preservice Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joanne E. Roberts
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Elizabeth Crais
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Thomas Layton
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Linda Watson
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Debbie Reinhartsen
    Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Contact author: Joanne Erwick Roberts, PhD, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, 105 Smith Level Road, CB# 8180, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8180
  • Also affiliated with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.
    Also affiliated with the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.×
  • Also affiliated with the Center for Development and Learning.
    Also affiliated with the Center for Development and Learning.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Special Populations / Early Identification & Intervention / Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   May 01, 1995
Developing an Early Intervention Preservice Specialization in Speech-Language Pathology
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1995, Vol. 4, 31-36. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0402.31
History: Received August 30, 1993 , Accepted April 26, 1994
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1995, Vol. 4, 31-36. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0402.31
History: Received August 30, 1993; Accepted April 26, 1994

This article describes an early intervention program designed for speech-language pathologists enrolled in a master's-level program. The program provided students with courses and clinical experiences that prepared them to work with birth to 5-year-old children and their families in a family-centered, interdisciplinary, and ecologically valid manner. The effectiveness of the program was documented by pre- and post-training measures and supported the feasibility of instituting an early childhood specialization within a traditional graduate program in speech-language pathology.

Acknowledgments
We greatly appreciate the support of this project by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (Grants No. H029B0078 and H029Q20053). We also extend our thanks to Brenda Davis and Kathy Davis for coding the data, Sarah Henderson for her assistance in word processing, and to the early intervention students, faculty, and supervisors who participated in this project.
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