what is a collaborative service delivery model?

At Building Blocks, we are passionate about building collaborative relationships with parents, educators, specialists, and school administrators.  We believe that no one person or professional has adequate knowledge & sufficient expertise to execute all functions associated with providing educational services for children.  Therefore, we are dedicated to engaging parents, educators, & administrators in a collaborative relationship to make decisions & provide appropriate and effective services for children.  In the collaborative service delivery model, all team members are involved in planning and monitoring goals and share joint ownership for intervention objectives.  The speech-language pathologist serves as an integral member of the educational team & is involved in all aspects of service provision, from planning to direct implementation of treatment procedures.

how does your service delivery model impact treatment?

After the initial evaluation process, the speech-language pathologist, parents, and teachers work together to develop appropriate treatment goals.  During that time, recommendations are also made about intervention procedures, context of intervention, and roles each professional will play in carrying out the recommendations.  Integrating collaborative approaches into service delivery does not replace more traditional methods, such as one-on-one services.  However, it does mean the speech-language pathologist will not serve as the sole intervention agent.

what are typical service delivery recommendations?

Service delivery recommendations for children in early childhood typically include a combination of the following the following direct & indirect services:

    • One-On-One Services
      • The speech-language pathologist works with a child one-on-one in the school or home setting.
    • Collaborative Services
      • The speech-language pathologist works collaboratively with teachers and specialists to support speech, language & literacy skills in the classroom setting.
    • Consultative Services
      • The speech-language pathologist, teachers & parents meet to develop tools & strategies to support a child’s skills in the classroom or at home.

Integrating collaborative models of service delivery into assessment and treatment allows for a more flexible and dynamic approach to services.  Service delivery recommendations change as the needs of a child change.  For instance, at the beginning of a treatment program, a child may receive more intense & frequent one-on-one services.  However, as he or she makes progress, the intensity & frequency of one-on-one services may decrease while the intensity & frequency of classroom-based, collaborative services may increase.  The key element of a dynamic & collaborative model of service delivery is adapting to the child’s needs as he or she makes progress in intervention.

why offer a dynamic & collaborative service delivery model?

Working with teachers, specialists, and parents allows speech-language pathologists to develop useful strategies that can be implemented with a child for a more significant amount of time than if we were working alone.  We can have a greater impact on a child’s skills in the same amount of time.  Working collaboratively helps build rapport with a community of parents & teachers.  It enables us to adapt & change what we’re doing to best meet the needs of children & their families over time.  

learn more

Our goal is to equip parents with the knowledge & resources they need to make a decision about evaluation & therapy services that is right for their family. To talk with a therapist directly about your child’s needs, give us a call  at 301-204-0285, or send us a message at info@buildingblockslanguage.com.

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