Friday, April 29
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Multi-Interest
Session 10

Catherine Bacon, MA, CCC-SLP; Jennine Davidson, MEd
Level of Instruction: Introductory   –   Joshua Tree I

A Community of Practice has been recently formed to address the shortage of Speech Language Pathologists in Arizonas schools. This group of stakeholders includes representation from the Arizona Department of Education/Exceptional Student Services, institutions of higher education (including NAU, U of A, ASU, Midwestern, and Estrella Community College), public education agencies, local and national professional organizations, students, and parents who are all collaborating to improve recruitment and retention of speech, occupational and physical therapists for our Arizona Schools. This presentation will provide updates on the activities of the group and plan for the community of practice to begin to develop solutions to address speech/language, occupational and physical therapy services in schools across the state of Arizona.

Learner Outcomes:  At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to identify the challenges in recruitment and retention of SLPs, OTs, and PTs to Arizona schools, describe how professionals, parents, teachers, and administrators can join the Community of Practice on the recruitment and retention of related service providers and list possible solutions to address the shortage of speech/language services in the schools.