I came upon a new article on the speech therapist shortage in the U.S. This article appears on MSNBC and I've included some of the article below. I've included a link to the full article at the end.
Schools suffer lack of speech therapists
By ANDREA NATEKAR TRIBUNE
East Valley Tribune
Jeaneen Duensing's voice is crisp and clear as she questions her preschoolers at Tempe's Getz School. She enunciates each new sound. "Can you find something white?" she asks one boy, emphasizing the "wh" sound. He stands and points to snowfall on the cover of a book.
Duensing's job is to help children articulate their sounds and communicate more effectively.
As a speech-language therapist - and a bilingual one - Duensing is a highly desired employee at schools across the East Valley, and even the nation.
Speech-language pathology is one of the fastest-growing career fields, with schools, nursing homes, hospitals and private companies all competing to stay fully staffed.
Experts say that more frequent identification of speech problems among school-aged children, a higher incidence of autism, as well as an increased number of older adults, has created a growing need for speech and language services.
And the baby boomers who currently make up much of the field are expected to start retiring shortly, leaving schools in even more of a crunch."
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Marnee Brick, MSc
TinyEYE Technologies Co-Founder