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Thinking for two: a case study of speech and language therapists working through assistants

McCartney, Elspeth and Boyle, James and Bannatyne, Susan and Jessiman, Emma and Campbell, Cathy and Kelsey, Cherry and Smith, Jennifer and McArthur, Jane and O'Hare, Anne (2005) Thinking for two: a case study of speech and language therapists working through assistants. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 40 (2). pp. 221-235. ISSN 1368-2822

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Abstract

Many speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the UK work with speech and language therapy assistants, and the numbers of SLT assistants is expected to grow. There has been very little empirical investigation of how SLTs feel about this situation or the effect on working practices of working indirectly. Although respondents could see value in working through assistants, they stressed the time required to do so and the difficulties of adapting and updating therapy plans when working indirectly.