“Progress always involves risk; you can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first base.”
My mom sent me a link to a blog that was written by a forward thinking urologist who has had it up to his belly button with wait times and wait lines.
“Dr. Kishore Visvanathan and his colleagues … implemented a strategy called Advanced Access in their practice. Their goal was to reduce the time patients waited for a specialist consultation. … They now look at all areas of their practice to improve efficiency and service for their patients.”
Way to go to these relentless professionals. Instead of staring at the problem and just seeing more problems ahead of them, they started at the solution then made it happen. My favourite part of the article was when he spoke of waiting in line at an airport.
He said,”Shouldn’t airlines be able to predict demand even more accurately? After all, they know almost exactly how many passengers are traveling, when the flights leave and when the passengers will arrive at the airport… the presence of long lines must reflect a conscious choice by that business to allow their customers to have a bad experience?
Bluntly put, airlines are saying: Yeah, we know how to fix it, but it’s not a priority for us.”
This is strongly stated – but I do relate. As an advocate for increasing access to services for communities who are in need of speech and language services, I urge the government and associations to put each student first in line.
If a student needs services to access the curriculum and engage fully in life – support must start now and continue in an effective manner.
What process would yield a ‘first-in-line’ result?
Long term solution: Graduate more S-LPs, increase early intervention S-LPs and early intervention programs, give each school an in-house SLP, bring teams of graduate student SLPs to remote communities for out-reach programs, increase speech and language university courses and seminars for teachers and health care providers, offer free on-line communication training to educators who are in remote communities… influence change.
Immediate solution: Speech Therapy Telepractice
I am partial to on-line therapy services because most schools have high-speed internet….quality services can start right now for the kids. Each child is first in line. Your child is first in line.
Click on this link to learn more about the Health Quality Council and to read the doctor’s blog called “I love lines”: http://www.hqc.sk.ca/
Also, here are two pictures from my visit to the legislative building in Regina to meet with our regional government health officials.
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)