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Discharge From Therapy

Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) who work across the broad spectrum of human communication disorders have many sources of guidance on the beginnings of therapy (i.e., receiving referrals, taking a case history and administering a screen or assessment) and on the middles of therapy (i.e., intervention, education, counseling, ongoing referrals). However, far less has been written on the ends of therapy, that is, how therapy comes to a close or how clients are discharged from a service. In fact, this issue of discharge from therapy is highly complex and varies widely across different health systems, service delivery contexts, and disorders. The timing and manner of discharge from therapy may be decided by an individual clinician, by a multidisciplinary team, by a health insurer, by a client, or ...

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