#024: A Crash Course in Classroom-Based Service Delivery for SLPs

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In this episode, I got to sit down with Dr. Lyndsey Zurawski, an SLPD who accidentally fell into the world of inclusion therapy very early in her career, when the alternative was working in a closet. Literally.

This was one of those conversations that had me scrambling to take as many notes as I could. There was a great deal of emphatic head nodding and gesturing (on my part) as we talked about using inclusive therapy practices and creating classroom environments that are the most conducive to your students’ learning.

As per usual, there are a ton of practical takeaways and actionable tips for you to walk away with because Dr. Zurawski has really been in the trenches of inclusion therapy and has a wealth of experience to share. There’s also a great discussion about getting outside of our SLP comfort zones, and diving into something new… I hope it leaves you feeling inspired. 🤓

So grab your beverage of choice (I’ll have a pumpkin spice latte because, October!), put your feet up, and listen in.

Key Takeaways

– How Dr. Zurawski accidentally got started with inclusion therapy
– Why SLPs should consider using inclusive therapy practices in the classroom
– What it looks like to put your students’ needs first when considering inclusive therapy
– What inclusive therapy/creating the least restrictive environment (LRE) is
– What does the emerging research tell us about inclusion therapy?
– When are classroom-based services appropriate?
– When are other service delivery models more appropriate?
– The four Es: effective, efficient, evidence-based, economical
– Knowing when to teach and when to generalize/support skills
– Knowing how to change intensity and duration
– Providing collaborative/classroom-based services outside of general education classroom
– Examples across grades: whole group language lessons, supporting a teacher’s instruction, using books, etc.
– Suggestions for data collection in the classroom
– Tips for scheduling when implementing inclusive and flexible delivery models
– Tips for working with teachers
– Caseload vs. Workload

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

School-Based SLP and Inclusive Service Delivery: What are the First Steps? (2014)
Throneberg et al. (2000): Comparative study of three service delivery models
Cirrin et al. (2010): Systematic review of service delivery models
Schmitt & Justice (2011): SLPs assisting with setting up a students’ environment
Brandel & Loeb (2011)
Articles in ASHA Leader re: service delivery
Larson, McKinley, Boley (1993): Service delivery for adolescents
Nippold (2012): Different models for different communication disorders
Salley (2012): Service delivery for dolescents
– Models from Florida Inclusion Network (FIN)
– Hear more from Dr. Zurawski at speechtothecore.com or on Instagram!
Click to download Dr. Zurawski’s full reference list.

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Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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