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Communication Skills: The Foundation for Meaningful Group Intervention in School-Based Programs

Dodge, Ellen Pritchard MEd, CCC-SLP

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Speech-language pathologists face many service delivery challenges in school-based settings. Traditionally operating from a disorder model, the school speech-language pathologist rarely takes advantage of the opportunity to work with students who may benefit from enhanced communication skills training. The CommunicationLab approach is an 8-week program designed to facilitate partnership between the classroom teacher and the speech-language pathologist to work toward goals that will improve the classroom environment and facilitate students' academic and social success. The program is based on a group treatment approach that takes advantage of the social-communication context of the regular classroom to improve the skills of all the participating students.

From the Menlo Park, Calif.

Corresponding author: Ellen Pritchard Dodge, MEd, CCC-SLP, 3 Dutch Valley Lane, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins