Speech Pathology and Audiology

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As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to be a threat for those of all ages, schools were a main concern when discussing how we should attempt to return to our “normal” lives. A considerable amount of speech therapy is done in schools, and speech-language pathologists nationwide are also being impacted by the changes during this school year. This research examined many aspects of providing speech therapy during the 2020-2021 school year, beginning with introductory statistics concerning the number of children participating in each session, the instruction styles, and grade levels taught. Respondents answered a set of questions concerning their attitudes towards providing services amid the pandemic and the restrictions in place. These questions include concerns and challenges that they foresee with providing speech therapy both in-person and online, as well as strategies implemented to ensure successful therapy among the restrictions in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common provider response concerning the challenges anticipated revolved around ensuring safety for the child as well as themselves, while also fulfilling the duty of providing successful therapy. However, the speech-pathologists surveyed demonstrated their capabilities in problem-solving and inquisitiveness, as many had useful and creative ideas for providing therapy while considering the conditions and guidelines in place.