Thinking for two: a case study of speech and language therapists working through assistants

Elspeth McCartney, James Boyle, Susan Bannatyne, Emma Jessiman, Cathy Campbell, Cherry Kelsey, Jennifer Smith, Jane McArthur, Anne O'Hare

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Many speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the UK work with speech and language therapy assistants, and the numbers of SLT assistants is expected to grow. There has been very little empirical investigation of how SLTs feel about this situation or the effect on working practices of working indirectly. Although respondents could see value in working through assistants, they stressed the time required to do so and the difficulties of adapting and updating therapy plans when working indirectly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-235
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Language and Communication Disorders
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


  • service delivery
  • speech and language therapy
  • assistants
  • indirect therapy
  • efficacy research


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  • Language therapy manual

    McCartney, E., 2007, 175 p. Glasgow : University of Strathclyde.

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