Use of Group Treatment With Pediatric and Adolescent Populations in an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital Setting Purpose: Pediatric and adolescent treatment in group settings has unique benefits for effective delivery of speech language treatment. This article advocates for the use of group treatment models in acute rehabilitation settings in which speech language treatment is offered for pediatric and adolescent populations. Considerations for Group Practice: Effective and ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2010
Use of Group Treatment With Pediatric and Adolescent Populations in an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital Setting
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  • Glenn Paustian
    Inpatient Allied Health, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
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Article   |   December 01, 2010
Use of Group Treatment With Pediatric and Adolescent Populations in an Acute Rehabilitation Hospital Setting
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2010, Vol. 20, 103-110. doi:10.1044/nnsld20.4.103
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2010, Vol. 20, 103-110. doi:10.1044/nnsld20.4.103

Purpose: Pediatric and adolescent treatment in group settings has unique benefits for effective delivery of speech language treatment. This article advocates for the use of group treatment models in acute rehabilitation settings in which speech language treatment is offered for pediatric and adolescent populations.

Considerations for Group Practice: Effective and efficient ways to orchestrate group treatment, including planning, execution, and documentation of group treatment, are outlined. Support for such delivery of care is consistent with the World Health Organization International Classification of Disability, Functioning, and Health (Threats, 2008), which is endorsed by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA Practice Act 2007).

Conclusions: Examples are provided for the integration of group treatment into an acute rehabilitation setting. A variety of group treatment experiences are described, including types of group treatment, daily scheduled group treatment, and integration of group treatment with other disciplines. It is concluded by the author that group treatment is a viable and important treatment type.

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