Addressing the Communication and Other Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities Through Engaged Interprofessional Teams: Introduction to a Clinical Forum Purpose Interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) is introduced as a viable and preferred clinical methodology for speech-language pathologists and others serving persons with severe disabilities. Contributions to this clinical forum dedicated to IPCP and severe disabilities are described. Method This clinical focus article introduces IPCP and reviews literature specific ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   May 17, 2017
Addressing the Communication and Other Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities Through Engaged Interprofessional Teams: Introduction to a Clinical Forum
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Billy T. Ogletree
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • Disclosure: The author has declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
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  • Correspondence to Billy T. Ogletree: ogletree@wcu.edu
  • Editor: Krista Wilkinson
    Editor: Krista Wilkinson×
  • Associate Editor: Lee McLean
    Associate Editor: Lee McLean×
Article Information
Professional Issues & Training / Clinical Forum: Interprofessional Collaborative Practices in Service Delivery for Individuals With Severe Disabilities
Clinical Focus   |   May 17, 2017
Addressing the Communication and Other Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities Through Engaged Interprofessional Teams: Introduction to a Clinical Forum
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2017, Vol. 26, 157-161. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0064
History: Received May 28, 2015 , Revised September 2, 2015 , Accepted January 6, 2016
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2017, Vol. 26, 157-161. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-15-0064
History: Received May 28, 2015; Revised September 2, 2015; Accepted January 6, 2016
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Purpose Interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) is introduced as a viable and preferred clinical methodology for speech-language pathologists and others serving persons with severe disabilities. Contributions to this clinical forum dedicated to IPCP and severe disabilities are described.

Method This clinical focus article introduces IPCP and reviews literature specific to its origins and effectiveness, defines severe disabilities, and proposes IPCP as a vital tenet in effective communication-related and other service delivery for this population.

Conclusion IPCP is supported as a recommended practice methodology for speech-language pathologists and other team members providing services to persons with severe disabilities.

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