Speech Therapists Desperately Needed for Schools

By Garmoe, Patrick | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 10, 2001 | Go to article overview

Speech Therapists Desperately Needed for Schools


Garmoe, Patrick, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Patrick Garmoe Daily Herald Staff Writer

For a while, some parents with children in the Special Education District of McHenry County preschool must have thought their class was a revolving door for employees.

By the time school ended this week for Huntley's Special Education District of McHenry County's preschool classes at Leggee, one therapist and five assistant teachers had quit.

A new therapist has been hired now that the year ended. But that only happened after contracting out to another company for the therapist, said Odette Little, a SEDOM speech and language technical assistant.

She admits that some preschool classes had a lot of turnover. But SEDOM isn't alone.

"There's a chronic shortage," said Barbara Kaplan, coordinator for the Illinois Board of Education northern region technical assistance grant.

"It is very difficult to find, in particular, speech pathologists," said Wendy Neuman, a manager for the Early Intervention Program in McHenry County.

Her group provides center- and home-based therapy for children through the age of 5.

The statistics are staggering.

The Illinois Department of Education stated in a 2000 report there was an "extreme shortage" in speech and language teachers of roughly 25 percent.

A survey by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association found 21 of the 45 Illinois speech pathologists questioned said there was a shortage of qualified speech pathologists in their school district. The group's national survey found half of the 2,009 pathologists felt there was a shortage in their district.

Jodi Fleck, principal special education consultant of the Illinois Board of Education, said the problem has grown increasingly acute during the past 10 years.

She said many factors have caused the problem.

"Instead of shipping kids out of district, they're coming back to their home school districts," requiring more staff in those districts, Fleck said.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Speech Therapists Desperately Needed for Schools
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.