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Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Intervention: Guidelines

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The development of communication skills is a dynamic process that is shaped by interdependent factors intrinsic to the child and in interaction with the environment. The reciprocal and dynamic interplay between biology, experience, and human development converge to influence developmental experiences. Most importantly, the course of development is alterable through provision of early intervention services.

The early intervention practices described in the Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists in Early Intervention: Guidelines include those based on both internal (e.g., policy, informed clinical opinion, integrative scholarly reviews) and external evidence (e.g., empirical data) from the literature. As the Committee evaluated available external evidence, variation was apparent both in strength of the research designs and implementation (e.g., randomized control vs. observation without controls). Many of the practices detailed in the guidelines have not yet been studied adequately; however, when considered in terms of internal and external evidence, the practices demonstrate promise and were therefore included in the guidelines document.


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