Social psychologist Kurt Lewin used the term gatekeeping to describe how certain key members of various groups make choices that shape the current and prospective experiences of other people within the group under consideration. Gatekeepers influence individuals and groups by making decisions that determine which resources and events are available to other group members. This entry focuses on Speech–Language pathologists as gatekeepers, including the positive effects of appropriate gatekeeping and the consequences of inadequate gatekeeping.

Speech–Language Pathologists as Gatekeepers: Assessment and Subsequent Processes

Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) are similarly empowered to act as gatekeepers in a range of settings (primarily, educational and health care contexts). Like literal gatekeepers who separate those allowed to pass through a door from those who are denied entry, clinicians engage in a sifting ...

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