The ASHA 2018 Workforce and Work Conditions Report Review
Have you seen the ASHA Report for SLP Workforce and Work Conditions? It provides some amazing and comprehensive research into the minds of working speech-language pathologists (SLPs) all across the country.
The ASHA Report highlights:
– 84% of SLPs worked full time.
– 87% were salaried.
– 54% reported that there were more job openings than job seekers in their type of facility.
– Parents who were not receptive to coaching was the most frequently selected issue affecting SLPs’ work with children 5 and under.
– The median number of assistants or aides supervised by SLPs who participated in this activity was 1, and the mean was 1.4.
– SLPs who worked with assistants or aides said that this increased their workload (46%) but decreased their caseload (36%).
– In every type of facility, SLPs identified the large amount of paperwork as the number one challenge they faced, followed by high workload/caseload size.
– 41% identified compromising quality of services as a significant ethical challenge.
Clearly the take away from all of this ASHA Report is that there are some great challenges on both the provider and clinician sides. It’s obvious that the shortage of speech therapists is growing, and one can readily draw a connection between the growing work place challenges to the ever-increasing shortage.
Here at eLuma, we appreciate the plight of the speech-language pathologist. They are often under-appreciated, over-worked and under-paid. We are committed to finding new ways to not only providing services to those in need, but also create better opportunities for clinicians. After all, these clinicians are at the heart of what we do. They are in it to make a difference in the lives of kids who need all the help they can get.
If you work as a speech-language pathologist and would like to learn more about opportunities at eLuma, we encourage you to learn more about our company and apply with us.