School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery

Seventh Edition

Jean Blosser

Details: 457 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5 " x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-611-2

© 2025 | Available

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The seventh edition of School Programs in Speech-Language Pathology: Organization and Service Delivery is an insightful, innovative, and practical resource for university faculty and students, experienced speech-language pathologists (SLPs), program leaders, school administrators, and education partners. 

The organization and content of the book are structured to stimulate creative thinking about how to improve the quality and effectiveness of speech-language services in schools so students with communication disorders reach their highest potential. Challenges due to the complex and ever-changing education landscape are thoughtfully explored. A fresh perspective on establishing service delivery practices and processes is offered. The concept of service delivery is broadened by aligning classroom instruction and intervention goals and preparing educators and families to support student success. School Programs encourages SLPs to embrace their roles and responsibilities and describes their participation in the MTSS process utilizing an innovative six-stage collaborative approach that results in evidence-based, effective, coordinated, and efficient services. Guidelines are recommended for SLPs to actively participate on school teams to gain and exchange pertinent knowledge; identify school demands and expectations; and collaborate with fellow education partners to ensure that instruction, intervention, and services are educationally relevant and coordinated.

Key Features

  • Authentic examples and strategies to reinforce the key concepts 
  • Service delivery approaches versus specific assessment and treatment methods for specific disorders as is often presented in other books
  • Chapter Learning Objectives at the beginning of each chapter establish the theme and goals for the chapter
  • Chapter summary questions and projects reinforce concepts and facilitate practical application

New to This Edition

  • Notable advances in the evolution of school speech-language pathology service delivery
  • Six-stage framework for effective collaboration with education partners
  • Strategies to ensure educationally relevant intervention and services that contribute to students’ success in home, school, work, and community
  • Additional practical resources such as replicable worksheets and forms to promote meaningful interactions with educators and parents to improve the quality of referrals, intervention, and progress monitoring
  • Positive examples of advocacy in action
  • Thought-provoking questions and projects to stimulate personal and professional reflection

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

  • For instructors: PowerPoint Slides, Test Bank, Class Projects
  • For students: Replicable Worksheets and Forms

List of Tables
List of Figures



Chapter 1. Evolution of Speech-Language Pathology Services in Schools

Tracing Our Roots
The Michigan Story
Early Development
Expanding Our Scope of Practice
The “Quiet Revolution”
Federal Legislation Fosters Change
The PARC Case
United States Department of Education
Education Reform and Federal Legislation
What’s in a Name?
Evolution of Speech-Language Pathology Services
Today’s SLPs Wear Multiple Hats
Revolutionary Responses to Complex Challenges

Chapter 2. Career Path to Becoming an SLP

Code of Ethics
Ethics Issues in Schools
Personal and Professional Qualifications
Professional Credentials
Nurturing Professional Relationships

Chapter 3. Foundations of School Speech-Language Pathology Programs

Our American Educational System
School Organizational Structure
Public Laws Guiding Speech-Language Service Delivery
Inclusive Education
Parents Make Great Partners
Trends in School Reform Through the Years
Continuous Improvement: Priorities and Goals from 2000-2026
Setting Educational Standards
Numbers Count! Prevalence and Incidence
SLPs’ Caseload Composition
Public School Funding

Chapter 4. SLPs Lead and Manage

Leaders Cultivate Change
Impressive Initiatives
Basic Program Management Principles
School SLPs’ Roles and Responsibilities
The Many Faces of Management
Manage Program Development and Change
Develop Program Goals and Objectives
Manage Work Responsibilities and Time
Professional Development Plans
Quality Improvement

Chapter 5. Tools of the Trade

Designated Space for Speech-Language Pathology Programs
Special Consideration for Special Populations
Encourage Observations
Tools: Technology, Equipment, Materials, and Supplies
Integrate Advanced Technology
Employ Technology For Intervention and Service Delivery
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (AAC)
Introduce Intelligent Personal Assistants (IPA)
Virtual Service Delivery
Select Intervention Materials Based on Goals
Integrate Multimedia Materials 
Surf the Web
Assistive Listening Devices
Determine Product Quality and Applicability
Organize Materials and Intervention Activities
Maintain Inventory Records
Budget Wisely

Chapter 6. Outcomes, Accountability, Compliance

Outcomes and Impact in School Services
School Speech-Language Services Outcomes Framework
I. STUDENT Outcomes
Report Progress
III. PROGRAM and System Outcomes
Compliance Is Required
Meeting HIPAA And FERPA Requirements
Reflect On Your Program And Services
Risk Management Plan

Chapter 7. Establishing the Caseload

The SLP’s Workload and Caseload
SLPs’ Work Responsibilities
Establish a Common Foundation
Prereferral Process
Identify Students With Disabilities
Referrals for Speech-Language Evaluation
Screening Services
Multifactored, Multidisciplinary Evaluation
SLP’s Responsibility in a Multifactored Assessment
Scan and Analyze the Environment and People in the Environment
Eligibility For Speech-Language Services
Classification Of Procedures and Communication Disorders
Caseload Composition and Size
Rating Functional Communication
Clinical Judgment
Match the Right Student With the Right Services and Interventions
Service Completion: When Students Exit Therapy
Who Determines Eligibility Or Dismissal?
Placement Team’s Role
Ethical Responsibility

Chapter 8. Match Students With the Right Services

What’s So Special About Special Education Services?
Continuum of Services for Students With Disabilities
Inclusion Is Important
Speech-Language Pathology Services Within the Continuum
Service Delivery Characteristics
Key Service Delivery Variables
Range of Service Delivery Approaches
Match Service Delivery to Individual Student’s Needs
Determine Dosage: Amount, Frequency, Intensity, and Duration of Intervention Services
PAC Framework for Determining Services
Multi-Tiered System Of Support (MTSS)
Response to Intervention (RtI): Prevention and Prereferral
Coordinate Services
Specialized Services
Virtual Delivery
Scheduling Configurations
Coordinate To Plan Schedules

Chapter 9. Educationally Relevant Services

Educational Relevance—What an Important Concept!
Plan Individualized Education Programs (IEP) 
A Framework for Planning
Develop An Individualized Education Program
The IEP Team
Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
IEP Purpose, Content, and Format
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Individualized Transition Plan (ITP)—After Age 14
Identify the Appropriate Assessment and Treatment Approach
Align Intervention With Curriculum Standards
Modify the Instructional Environment
Make Speech-Language Intervention Relevant to the Student’s Educational Needs
Implement a Logic Model
Focus on Impact
Universal Design for Learnings
Plan and Evaluate Sessions
Motivate Students
Confirm Effectiveness
Address the Needs of Special Populations
Literacy (Reading and Written Language Disorders)
Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Populations
Neurodiverse Learners
Attention Deficit and Central Auditory Processing Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Behavior Problems and Disorders
Childhood Trauma, Anxiety, and Chronic Stress
Complex Communication Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Hearing Impairments
Working With Adolescents
Treating Students in Groups
Preventing Communication Problems
Effective Team Engagement

Chapter 10. Outcomes and Impact Matter: Create Strong Partnerships

Benefits of Collaborating and Consulting
Interprofessional Education, Practice, and Collaboration (IPE, IPP, IPC)
Five Challenges to Successful Collaboration
School Culture and Collaboration
Knowledge and Attitudes
Foster Effective Engagement
Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP)
School Principals
Special Education Teachers
Educational Audiologists
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs) Or Paraprofessionals
School Psychologists
Occupational Therapists (OT)
Physical Therapists (PT)
Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)
Social Workers
Bilingual Educators and English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers 
Guidance Counselors
School Nurses
Health And Physical Education Teachers
Vocational Counselors and Employers 
School Support Staff
Community Medical Professionals 
Engage the Family
Connect With Parent Groups
Involve Siblings
Consider Family Situations
Involve Students in Therapy Decisions
Monitor for Student Satisfaction
Maintain Ongoing Communication With Collaborative Partners
Community Information Program
Discussion Questions and Projects 

Chapter 11. Experience Life as a School SLP

University Externship Programs
Goals for the School Extern Experience
The School Externship Team
Laying Groundwork to Achieve Success
Take Charge! Make The Most of Your Experience
Competency-Based Evaluation
ASHA Certification and State Licensure Requirements
A Word of Advice

Chapter 12. Launch Your Career Journey

Access Support and Resources
Expand Your Expertise
Identify Evidence-Based Intervention and Services
Advocate To Influence Decision-Makers
Be a Grassroots Advocate
Professional Liability Insurance
School Unions
Find Your Dream Job: Where to Begin?
Be Systematic in Your Search
Obtain Required Clearances and Immunizations
Maximize Your Clinical Fellowship Experience
Consider Alternative Career Paths
Maintain A Work-Life Balance
Best Of Luck!

Appendix A. University Outreach Committee Professional Resource Document
Appendix B.
Sample Individualized Education Program (IEP) Form
Appendix C.
Sample of Common Core State Standards

References and Recommended Readings 

Jean Blosser

Jean L. Blosser, EdD, CCC-SLP/R, ASHA Fellow, NAP Fellow, is an SLP, entrepreneur, author, and leader in school services. She is passionate about creating systems to foster positive outcomes for children with communication disabilities through a combination of evidence-based practice, educationally relevant intervention, spectrum of approaches for service delivery, and interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Blosser encourages education colleagues to provide high quality, outcomes-based instruction for children with disabilities. To Dr. Blosser, collaboration is essential! As President of Blosser Consulting, she consults nationally with schools, universities, professional organizations, and education staffing and product businesses to develop solutions to service delivery challenges. Her awards include Fellow of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, The American Council on Education, and the National Academies of Practice. She has published many resources to support parents and teachers including Let’s Talk Today! A Calendar of Daily Activities for Developing Language Skills at Home and Let’s Celebrate and Learn Each Day! Her career experiences have included Associate Provost, Speech and Hearing Center Director, Professor at The University of Akron, and VP of Therapy Programs and Quality at a national education solutions company. She serves on several national committees and advisory councils.

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