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The Speech-Language Pathologist's Handbook for Inclusive School Practices

Every inclusive school team needs a great SLP who supports communication skills where theya re needed mosta in the classroom, as students with disabilities learn and participate alongside their peers. This is the practical, friendly guide SLPs need to go beyond pull-out services and deliver successful communication and language supports as part of an inclusive school team. Packed with immediately useful strategies, relatable examples, and invaluable insights from experienced SLPs, this guidebook is key to helping students with disabilities improve their communicative functioning so they can access the curriculum and fully participate in classroom routines and activities. New and seasoned SLPs will turn to this book again and again for clear guidance on succeeding in an inclusive classroom and helping all students reach their full potential. STRATEGIES THAT HELP SLPs:
  • provide effective communication and language supports within the classroom environment
  • collaborate with other members of the school team
  • promote higher academic achievement through communication supports
  • help facilitate peer supports and friendships
  • choose accommodations and modifications that improve communication and participation
  • match supports to studentsa specific strengths
  • keep expectations high for all students
  • maximize student independence
  • respond to challenging behavior in gentle, positive ways
PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Tools and checklists to help plan and communicate a speech-language therapy plan, choose student supports, clarify team roles and responsibilities, presume competence, and more.
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About the Author

Julie Causton, Ph.D., is an expert in creating and maintaining inclusive schools. She is an associate professor in the Inclusive Special Education Program at Syracuse University. She teaches courses on inclusion, differentiation, special education law and collaboration. Her published works have appeared in such journals as Exceptional Children, TEACHING Exceptional Children, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, International Journal of Inclusive Education, Behavioral Disorders, Studies in Art Education, and Equity and Excellence in Education. Julie also works with schools and districts directly to help to create truly inclusive schools. Chelsea Tracy-Bronson, M.A., is a former elementary educator who has focused her career on bringing inclusive opportunities to all. She is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program at Stockton University. She has a master's degree from Teacher's College at Columbia University and is in the Special Education doctorate program at Syracuse University. She works with districts and schools to redesign services to create inclusive special education and related service provision. Her research and professional interests include curriculum design that allows access for all, differentiating instruction, educational technology, supporting students with significant disabilities in inclusive classrooms, and inclusive related service provision. Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D., is Professor of Diversity in Learning & Teaching for National-Louis University, Chicago. A dynamic author and motivational speaker, Dr. Schwarz is also Chief-Executive Officer of Creative Culture Consulting, LL. His books From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms (Heinemann, 2007; and "Just Give Him the Whale!": 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise and Strengths to Support Students with Autism (2008) have inspired teachers nationwide to reconceptualize inclusion in ways that help all children. Dr. Schwarz's professional focus is furthering education and services that promote the status of individuals with a range of support needs. He works to facilitate successful engagement in carious environments, allowing people to make contributions and develop experiences that are meaningful to them.


"Chock full of proven tools for promoting inclusive education and differentiating instruction for students with specialized educational needs. The authors make it look and sound easy and fun to craft inclusive experiences for all students."--Dr. Jacqueline Thousand"Professor, School of Education, College of Education, Health, and Human Services, California State University San Marcos" (09/30/2013) "An excellent resource clarifying the 'how to' of providing an integrative delivery of speech and language services in an inclusive school. This is a must have resource for any speech language pathologist providing services to students with disabilities in the public schools."--Dr. Richard A. Villa"President, Bayridge Consortium, Inc., San Diego, CA" (10/07/2013) "I highly recommend this resource, particularly for speech-language patholgists and special educators who have recently entered a school-based setting."--Justin McAvoy Lee, M.S., CCC-SLP (10/11/2013) a Causton and Tracy-Bronson present and inspire ideas for designing classrooms that support all learners in inclusive settings . . . the authors respond to practical obstacles by providing realistic strategies that can be applied to everyday classroom scenarios.a --Lauren Kravetz Bonnet" "Causton and Tracy-Bronson present and inspire ideas for designing classrooms that support all learners in inclusive settings . . . the authors respond to practical obstacles by providing realistic strategies that can be applied to everyday classroom scenarios." --Lauren Kravetz Bonnet

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