Direct vs. Indirect: What's the difference?

Children receiving services for communication disorders typically are seen in direct service which means face-to-face contact with the speech-language pathologist.  This could mean they are seen in a small group of peers or individually, depending on their educational needs. 


There are times, however, when indirect service is a better fit. For example, when children are nearing completion of their program, an indirect approach  may be more appropriate.  Perhaps the student only needs modifications to the curriculum or consultation with the classroom teacher to provide support for to generalize his/her skills. In this case, the need for face-to-face contact with the student has decreased but intervention in the form of guidance is provided.