Current training and continuing education needs of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists regarding children with cleft lip/palate.

Lang Speech Hear Serv Sch 2010 Oct 9;41(4):405-15. Epub 2009 Nov 9.

St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Child Development Center, 641 New Ballas Road, St. Louis, MO 63141, USA.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to obtain information regarding the education and experience of preschool and school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) regarding the assessment and treatment of children born with cleft lip and/or palate and to determine their continuing education needs in this area.

Method: A 16-item mixed-methods survey to collect quantitative and qualitative data was distributed via postal mail to a geographically diverse random sample of 565 preschool and school SLPs.

Results: The response rate was 59%. With an average of 15.93 years in practice, respondents reported that they infrequently saw children with cleft lip/palate. When treating these children, respondents wanted communication with the cleft-craniofacial team, accessible continuing education through Web sites and conferences, and clinically practical information relevant to the school setting.

Conclusion: When assessing and treating a low-incidence population such as children with cleft-related communication disorders, school-based SLPs need accessible, accurate continuing education resources and collaboration with specialists in the field.

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