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Discover the Educational Model

of Speech-Language Service Delivery

Are you ready to advance your school-based speech-language program?

This model allows you to focus on students' individual needs, accelerate functional, social, and academic outcomes, and boost generalization of targeted skills. 

Explore how you can partner with Shelly's Speech-Language Services to get started. 

Contact Shelly to request a link to a video overview of the project!






> Learn how EdMod  can serve your school 

> Assess readiness

> Make an evidence-informed decision

>  Establish the foundation

> Develop a cohesive vision & plan

> Prepare to initiate changes

> Put your vision into action

> Brainstorm, troubleshoot, and debrief 

> Experience the transformation

> Take your program to the next level​

> Adapt your strategy

> Observe increased positive student and staff outcomes

>  Experience district, staff, student, and family benefits

> Continue increasing student outcomes well into the future

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What is the Educational Model of Speech-Language Service delivery?

This Educational Model is defined as an evidence-informed approach to school-based speech-language service delivery that restructures the speech-language pathologists' (SLP) roles and responsibilities in order to provide more efficient and effective therapies, interventions and supports to students demonstrating, or at risk for, speech-language delays, difficulties, differences, and disorders. 

Why are schools moving to the Educational Model of Speech-Language Service delivery?

Changing legal mandates and an expanded scope of practice have prompted a redefinition of the speech-language pathologists' function in the schools.  As the SLP's scope of practice includes speech, language, literacy, social skills, and language-based learning disorders, an integrated, collaborative approach to intervention is necessary in order to ensure positive student outcomes. To meet the needs of ALL students, the educational system should use its collective resources to intervene early and provide appropriate interventions and supports to prevent language, learning, and behavioral problems from becoming larger issues (Ehren et al., 2006).


Current best practices in school-based speech-language pathology require that SLPs move away from disproportionate use of the traditional, clinical model of individual and small-group pull-out services and instead provide more collaborative consultation, authentic assessment, curriculum-based intervention, and classroom-based services (ASHA, 2003).


The Educational Model not only reflects best practice, but it also provides an evidence-based path to creating more effective and efficient therapy services, progress monitoring, and preventative supports while ensuring the best possible outcomes for both students and staff.

How does the program move from a discovery call to implementation*?

  1. We begin by establishing readiness for implementation, discussing the project purpose, vision, and goals with stakeholders, and making an evidence-based decision and recommendations regarding the appropriateness of this model for the school or district.

  2. Next, we design a detailed plan for implementation, identify the necessary systems changes, collect baseline data and set targets, develop protocols, and submit a pilot proposal for administrative approval.

  3. Well-prepared, we begin the implementation phase.  We will begin by reviewing your plan, update IEPs and schedules, arrange for PD and resources, review and update protocols, review baseline data, consider new or unexpected variables, schedule team meetings, and begin implementation and data collection.

  4. Ongoing support will include scheduled check-ins, plan adjustments, data reviews, result summaries, and plans for expanding implementation of the model.

*Each school and program will begin the process at the appropriate entry point based on program needs & preferences.

What does this intensive technical assistance service include?

  1. customized, step-by-step approach to restructuring your school-based speech-language services that is based on implementation science and communication research,

  2. Intensive, ongoing guidance and support with unlimited email access during the project.

  3. Exclusive access to project materials and resources, developed based on Shelly's 20+ years of experience supporting school-based speech-language and special education programs, providing training and technical assistance to SLPs, and researching, designing, and piloting the educational model of service delivery in Arkansas.

  4. Incorporates customized package pricing, individualized timelines, and optional add-on services to meet each district's unique needs.

What can we expect from implementing the Educational Model of Service Delivery?

Implementation of an educational model will transform your clinical therapy services into a broad, supportive continuum of services that benefits students, staff, school, and district.

Staff will experience:

  • Flexibility in service delivery for therapy providers

  • Improved staff relationships, support, and interactions

  • Increased productivity and job satisfaction

  • Advancement in the overall climate and culture of your school or district

Students will experience:

  • More educationally relevant therapy and supports

  • Increased generalization of targeted skills

  • Better integration of speech-language goals into the classroom

  • Peer supports and teacher accommodations in the absence of the SLP

  • Better use of materials, programs, and accommodations by the general education staff

The School/District will experience:

  • Increased therapy reimbursements

  • More accurate referrals for and increased dismissals from SPED

  • Decreased per student SPED time and overall program costs

  • Reduced SPED referrals and evaluations

  • Reduced complaints and litigation regarding individualized services

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