ADEPT for Speech-Language Therapists
ADEPTWeb Site http://www.scteachers.org
ADEPT Levels • Induction • Formal Evaluation • Diagnostic Assistance (optional) • Informal Evaluation
South Carolina Department of Education Teacher Contract Levels Effective 7/22/04
Performance Dimensions • Are South Carolina’s professional practice standards for school-based SLTs. • Were developed by a statewide group of speech-language professionals representing public schools and institutions of higher education • Are aligned with established standards for the profession. • Apply to SLTs throughout their career continuum
Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Are examples of components of each performance dimension • Are not necessarily all of equal importance • Are not universally applicable to all SLTs in all settings • Are context-specific
PD 1: Long-Range Planning • The speech-language therapist develops a long-range plan that describes and/or references appropriate procedures for identifying, assessing, and providing comprehensive services to speech-language-impaired children and for establishing and maintaining the ongoing program operations that are necessary to effectively address the specific needs of the students and the school.
PD 1: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Description of students on caseload and/or in school population. • Methods for identifying students. • Procedures for making program eligibility and placement decisions. • Considerations in aligning speech-language goals and objectives with curriculum, developmental, and/or functional standards.
PD 1: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Key assessment and therapy materials. • Methods for evaluating and recording student progress. • Rules and procedures for managing student behavior and non-instructional routines. • Program communications.
PD 2: Complying with Guidelines and Regulations • The speech-language therapist follows applicable federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines that relate to procedural due process, program eligibility, Medicaid, and program documentation.
PD 2: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Complies with due process, program eligibility, and Medicaid requirements. • Adheres to applicable timelines. • Completes the required paperwork accurately. • Maintains files in an organized and confidential manner.
PD 3: Short-Range Planning of Therapy • The speech-language therapist develops, evaluates, and revises short-term objectives—including aligned treatment strategies, resources, and schedules—that facilitate the accomplishment of the IEP goals for each student.
PD 3: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Develops appropriate student objectives. • Bases objectives on SC curriculum standards and/or appropriate norms. • Sequences objectives in a logical manner. • Presents a solid rationale for the speech schedule.
PD 3: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Targets specific student needs in selecting treatment techniques, activities, and materials. • Promotes transfer and carryover. • Communicates effectively to IEP team members and others.
PD 4: Short-Range Planning of Assessment • The speech-language therapist demonstrates the ability to select/develop, interpret, and use the results of appropriate formal and informal measures to conduct comprehensive and ongoing student assessments.
PD 4: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Selects appropriate formal and informal assessments. • Accurately scores and interprets assessments. • Makes appropriate program eligibility and therapy recommendations. • Develops appropriate plans to measure and record student progress.
PD 4: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Determines appropriate dismissal criteria. • Accurately and effectively communicates assessment information to others.
PD 5: Establishing and Maintaining High Expectations for Students • The speech-language therapist establishes, maintains, and reinforces appropriate expectations for the performance and participation of each student, both within and outside of the therapy setting, and appropriately involves others (e.g., parents, teachers, other IEP team members) in the various aspects of the therapy process.
PD 5: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Targets functional, relevant, and important communication skills in terms of “educational impact.” • Selects appropriate strategies and activities. • Facilitates student engagement. • Establishes and conveys appropriate expectations. • Encourages students to gain independence in applying their skills.
PD 6: Using Strategies That Facilitate Communication Skills • The speech-language therapist selects and effectively uses a variety of appropriate methods, strategies, and techniques to enhance each student’s communication skills.
PD 6: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Selects a variety appropriate intervention methods, strategies, and techniques. • Uses methods, strategies, and techniques effectively. • Uses techniques such as scaffolding to build student independence. • Ensures that students are actively and meaningfully engaged.
PD 7: Monitoring and Enhancing Communication • The speech-language therapist effectively and continuously monitors each student’s performance and uses this information to make appropriate decisions regarding the immediate and long-term course of therapy.
PD 7: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Monitors student performance throughout the session. • Adjusts level of difficulty, strategies, and/or pace of session, as needed. • Provides effective prompts, cues, and feedback. • Makes appropriate decisions regarding future interventions.
PD 8: Maintaining an Environment That Promotes Communication • The speech-language therapist maintains an engaging physical environment and establishes a positive, inviting climate that is designed to enhance each student’s communication interactions.
PD 8: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Maintains a safe, well-organized therapy setting. • Arranges therapy setting to facilitate interactions. • Keeps necessary materials and equipment accessible and in working order. • Models appropriate oral and written language.
PD 8: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Displays appropriate verbal and nonverbal behaviors. • Is confident, positive, enthusiastic, and patient. • Provides appropriate and effective intrinsic and extrinsic incentives.
PD 9: Managing the Therapy Setting • The speech-language therapist establishes, communicates, and enforces appropriate rules for student behavior and procedures for managing noninstructional routines.
PD 9: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Establishes and clearly communicates appropriate rules for behavior. • Applies behavior rules fairly and consistently. • Uses effective methods to prevent and/or manage discipline problems. • Manages transitions efficiently. • Follows efficient routines for completing essential tasks.
PD 10: Fulfilling Professional Responsibilities • The speech-language therapist consistently demonstrates ethically based professional behavior and participates in continuous professional development.
PD 10: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Maintains positive professional relationships. • Adheres to ethical standards. • Balances “other assigned duties” with professional responsibilities. • Demonstrates positive work habits (self-management; quality of work).
PD 10: Key Considerations(Evidence Documentation) • Contributes to the well-being of students, the benefit of the overall school community, and the advancement of the profession. • Identifies own professional strengths and weaknesses. • Displays professional insight and vision. • Sets purposeful professional goals.
Induction • Comprehensive orientation • Trained assistance team (building administrator and SLT mentor) • Regular opportunities to observe and consult with experienced SLTs
Induction • Regular opportunities to receive feedback from and to consult with assistance team members. • Regular opportunities to meet with other new professional staff members.
Formal Evaluation Materials • Available online at http://www.scteachers.org • Include • Guidelines • Documentation • Interview Form • Reflection on Speech-Language Therapy Session • Professional Performance Description • Professional Self-Report • Evaluation Summary
FORMAL EVALUATION • Must address the ten performance dimensions (PDs) for SLTs. • Must provide clear, convincing evidence of typical performance relative to each PD.
Typical Performance Rationale: Typical performance is the best overall indicator of an SLT’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Judgments about typical performance must be based on evidence obtained from • multiple evaluators, • multiple sources, • multiple samples over time, and • unannounced, as opposed to “showcase,” samples.
Evaluation Teams • Each evaluation team must include a minimum of two members. • All evaluation team members must be certified ADEPT evaluators. • All evaluation team members must have successfully completed training in the ADEPT for Speech-Language Therapists evaluation process.
Evaluation Teams • At least one member of the evaluation team must be a certified speech-language therapist. • At least one member of the evaluation team must be qualified to serve as a district- or school-level supervisor for speech-language therapists.
Expert Evaluator • Expert – someone who, through education or experience, has gained knowledge of a particular subject so that he or she could form an opinion that one without that knowledge could not.
Orientation • Each speech-language therapist who is scheduled for formal evaluation must receive a comprehensive orientation prior to the initiation of the evaluation process. The orientation must include, but need not be limited to, written and oral explanations of • the performance dimensions, • the evaluation process, • the criteria for successfully completing the evaluation, and • the intended use of the evaluation results.
Formal Evaluation At-A-Glance