Assistants: An Alternative Service Delivery Model: A Positive Way to Shift Increasing Workload Responsibilities If you have ever stood on one leg for an extended amount of time, you know the discomfort that can result from failing to shift your weight to the other leg. It would seem the obvious way to alleviate the problem would be to simply shift your weight to ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2005
Assistants: An Alternative Service Delivery Model: A Positive Way to Shift Increasing Workload Responsibilities
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  • Lori Suddick
    Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant Program
  • Lisa O’ConnorColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Assistants
Article   |   June 01, 2005
Assistants: An Alternative Service Delivery Model: A Positive Way to Shift Increasing Workload Responsibilities
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2005, Vol. 15, 2-3. doi:10.1044/aas15.2.2
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2005, Vol. 15, 2-3. doi:10.1044/aas15.2.2
If you have ever stood on one leg for an extended amount of time, you know the discomfort that can result from failing to shift your weight to the other leg. It would seem the obvious way to alleviate the problem would be to simply shift your weight to the other leg or, even more logically, to stand on both. Whatever your decision, the obvious fact is you need to make a shift to relieve the increasing pain.
Now imagine the painful leg is the current way of doing service delivery in speech-language pathology. The weight of the work is becoming heavier and more painful with more paperwork, more referrals, more complex cases, more regulations, more preparation, and more meetings. The pain in our leg is increasing; as a matter of fact, it really hurts! Perhaps it is time to shift the weight, so that it can be shared by another leg.
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