Interprofessional Practice in Schools Purpose Interprofessional practice (IPP) is a term that is used frequently in a variety of settings, including settings specific to the practice of speech-language pathology. Although IPP has its origins in health care with a focus on patient-centered care, it is equally applicable to school-based practice where the focus ... Article
Article  |   September 17, 2018
Interprofessional Practice in Schools
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • SallyAnn Giess
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • Robert Serianni
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Salus University, Elkins Park, PA
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  • Financial: SallyAnn Giess has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Robert Serianni has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Part 3
Article   |   September 17, 2018
Interprofessional Practice in Schools
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 88-94. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG16.88
History: Received April 17, 2018 , Revised July 19, 2018 , Accepted August 4, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 88-94. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG16.88
History: Received April 17, 2018; Revised July 19, 2018; Accepted August 4, 2018

Purpose Interprofessional practice (IPP) is a term that is used frequently in a variety of settings, including settings specific to the practice of speech-language pathology. Although IPP has its origins in health care with a focus on patient-centered care, it is equally applicable to school-based practice where the focus is on the student and student-centered service delivery. IPP is defined by specific characteristics and core competencies. This tutorial will explain these competencies and integrate them with school-based practice.

Conclusion The authors will share the results of an informal survey of school-based practitioners on their experiences with IPP as an illustration of actual workplace application. Analysis of the results reveals that, although school-based clinicians understand the importance of IPP and often successfully implement it, there are still roadblocks to effectively working in a way that reflects IPP.

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