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Caseload Caps for public schools

28 Jan 2012 2:30 PM | Deleted user
Does anyone know why there are no caseload caps for public school SLPs?  Indiana is one of the LAST states to address this issue.  Check out the ASHA website to confirm this.  I love working in the schools.  I like the service we offer and the potential for helping students in a meaningful way.  Unfortunately with huge caseloads and new documentation programs every 2 -4 years, the job is becoming overwhelming.  Just wondered if anyone else has a thought on the subject. Thanks!   


  • 16 May 2012 8:16 AM | Deleted user
    Caseload caps were introduced with the last update of Article 7. They did the math and realized that the schools could not afford the number of SLPs needed to cover the number of eligible comm. kids. So, it was deleted from the revision.
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    • 20 Aug 2012 8:56 AM | Anonymous
      So let me be sure I understand this correctly....Because it costs too much to hire an adequate number of personnel to meet the needs of students identified with communication disorders the state expects the present number of SLP's to do the impossible and then reprimand and not allow pay increases when we cannot do our job successfully. Yes, sure this makes sense! Nearly all of us have requirements (# of minutes of required service) to serve students that far exceeds the amount of available time we have to do that very thing within a work week. For many we have been like frogs in pots of water continuing to do more and more and not recognizing that the pot is boiling and we are going to die! What is it going to take to improve this situation?
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      • 04 Dec 2012 9:30 AM | Heather Hetler
        There has been recent discussion about this on one of the ASHA lists. It definitely is not in line with ASHA recommendations, and it affects service delivery and efficacy of treatment. I know there is a shortage, but perhaps there needs to be more money allocated, other incentives to hire more SLPs, make it enticing to actually work in the schools in Indiana. What is being done to advocate for SLPs in this realm? What will it take to see some change in this area?
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  • 24 Jul 2016 5:19 AM | Deleted user
    Good question ! that was my problem too
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