Research on collaboration between speech-language-hearing therapists and elementary school teachers in special needs education Tatsuya Nakamura 1 , Koichi Ayuzawa 1 , Yosuke Kita 1,2,3 , Reiko Shiba 1 , Satoko Yamagata 1 , Hiroshi Ozawa 4 1Department of Rehabilitation, Shimada Ryoiku Center Hachiouji 2Department of Developmental Disorders, National Institute of Mental Health, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry(NCNP) 3Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science(NCNP) 4Department of Pediatrics, Shimada Ryoiku Center Hachiouji Keyword: 特別支援教育 , 連携 , 言語聴覚士 , 医療機関 , 質問紙調査 , special needs education , collaboration , medical field , speech-language-hearing therapist(SLHT) , questionnaire survey pp.166-174
Published Date 2014/9/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200002
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 In special needs education, schools are expected to collaborate with professionals who belong to non-educational institutions such as hospitals or social service agencies in supporting children. However, there is not much collaboration between teachers in elementary school and speech-language-hearing therapists (SLHTs), who mostly belong to the medical field. This article reports on a study in which teachers from public elementary schools on Japan were asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding their view of SHLTs. The results of the survey were analyzed to identify areas where collaboration between teachers and SHLTs could be improved. It was found that teachers are unfamiliar with the role of SLHTs and have little time for collaboration. Moreover, teachers are less aware of children's language and communication difficulties than of behavioral problems or learning difficulties. These results suggest that while keeping in mind teachers' busy schedule, SLHTs' professional strength in helping children's difficulties in language and communication should be made better known to teachers to promote collaboration in special needs education.

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