Benefits of Using Amplio Beyond Special Education – Within MTSS and RTI Language Intervention Frameworks

04/22/2024

Navigating the Path to Better Speech and Language Support Districtwide

The landscape of speech and language support within the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI) is rife with challenges. Educational professionals strive to address diverse student needs effectively while grappling with the research-practice gap highlighted in literature like “Overcoming the Research–Practice Gap: Key Considerations for Speech-Language Pathologists Related to Multi-tiered Systems of Support” (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2023). This gap underscores the urgency for evidence-based, flexible solutions capable of bridging theory and practical application across educational settings.

Enter Amplio Speech & Language. Our suite of programs is meticulously crafted to address this very chasm, offering speech-language pathologists and educators evidence-based tools that span an extensive range of intervention targets within speech-sound and language development domains. 

In this article, we explore the benefits of incorporating Amplio Speech & Language into MTSS/RTI language and literacy initiatives. From fostering deeper educator collaboration to preventing over-referrals to special education, Amplio is helping district leaders reimagine how they support speech and language development district-wide. 

Benefit #1: Enhanced Collaboration Between Teachers and SLPs

Leveraging Amplio across gen ed and special education settings creates new opportunities for classroom teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) to collaborate. By equipping both parties with Amplio’s library of evidence-based speech and language programs, districts can ensure cohesion and consistency in student support. The programs within Amplio Speech & Language are meticulously aligned with the most widely used academic standards, such as the Common Core, TEKS, and NC SCOS, ensuring that interventions are relevant and goal-oriented.

In practice, here’s the collaborative model we’ve seen work best for districts using Amplio to support students as part of their MTSS or RTI frameworks:

  • Teachers liaise directly with the SLP or a designated Amplio Champion within the district to communicate specific speech and language challenges observed in the classroom.
  • SLP selects and assigns appropriate activities from within the Amplio Speech & Language program library. These tailored activities can be used both in structured, educator-led sessions and for independent student practice—during classroom work time or at home. This flexibility is key to providing consistent support, regardless of setting.
  • As a student engages with the assigned activities, their performance is tracked by the platform – including recordings of their performance on responsive activities.
  • The SLP then evaluates the student’s performance using the data collected on the platform to understand their response to intervention. The teacher and SLP use the data collected via Amplio to discuss the child’s progress and to determine appropriate next steps.

Amplio’s platform is designed to capture a wealth of data as students engage with assigned activities. Every interaction, every spoken word, is an opportunity for assessment and progress tracking. This data not only informs the SLP’s understanding of a student’s performance and response to intervention but also lays the groundwork for meaningful discussions about the child’s development.

Screenshot of the reports and progress monitoring data available within the Amplio platform.

These discussions often extend beyond the classroom, bringing in parents and caregivers. With concrete data from Amplio’s platform, SLPs and teachers can provide families with tangible evidence of progress and areas for further support, fostering engagement in the student’s speech and language growth.

Benefit #2: Mitigating Over-Referrals to Special Education

In the current educational climate, a pressing issue that continues to confront educators is the rise in speech and language impairments among children—a trend exacerbated by the pandemic. 

As reported by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2023, there has been a notable increase in hearing, speech, and language referrals and communication challenges in young children. This surge places a significant strain on special education resources and highlights the need for proactive intervention strategies.

Providing students who require additional language support with access to evidence-based programs that directly target their specific needs bolsters early language skills but also serves as a preventive measure against over-referrals to special education. 

Early intervention is critical. When children receive the support they need as soon as a delay is noticed, they’re less likely to require formal special education services down the line. This preemptive approach fosters individual student growth while alleviating the broader systemic pressures faced by educators and special education programs.

Incorporating Amplio into the MTSS/RTI process ensures that students are given every opportunity to succeed within the general education setting. This strategic early support helps districts manage their precious staff time and resources efficiently, while setting children on a trajectory for lifelong communication success.

Benefit #3: Maintaining Healthy Caseloads to Combat SLP Burnout

The well-being and job satisfaction of school-based SLPs is a major factor in determining the quality and success of a district’s speech-language interventions. High levels of SLP stress and burnout continue to impact districts’ ability to attract and retain high-quality speech therapists. Over-referrals often result in unmanageable caseloads that can lead to fatigue, reduced job satisfaction, and ultimately, decreased quality of care for students.

By deploying Amplio within MTSS/RTI frameworks, educators can provide evidence-based interventions early and effectively. This helps prevent unnecessary referrals to specialized services, supporting SLPs by reducing the likelihood of them being overwhelmed with excessive caseloads.

Unfortunately, the current reality is that many SLPs’ caseloads are bloated – and growing. Amplio helps support SLPs dealing with that reality, too. By automating session notes, simplifying lesson planning, and enabling SLPs to efficiently address multiple students’ goals in a single session, the Amplio platform helps SLPs make the most of their precious time.

Ultimately, Amplio serves as an ally to SLPs, furnishing them with the tools and support necessary to maintain their focus on what truly matters—their students. This ensures that SLPs can work at their best, which in turn, fosters optimal learning environments for the students they serve.

Benefit #4: Increasing Parent Satisfaction and Engagement

Parental involvement is crucial in the education of children, especially for those requiring speech and language support. Often, parents and caregivers experience frustration when their children are experiencing language delays, but are not eligible for mandated services. 

Implementing Amplio districtwide offers a solution. By leveraging evidence-based speech-language interventions in classroom and at-home settings to support students with speech and language delays, districts can reassure parents and caregivers that their children are receiving appropriate support..

Simultaneously, Amplio actively involves parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process by offering options for independent practice at home. Educators can assign tailored activities as “homework” through the platform, which then records the students’ responses. 

Often, parents and caregivers want to help their children overcome speech and language delays by practicing at home, but aren’t sure how. With Amplio, they can confidently support their children, knowing that Amplio guides the activities and captures data that educators can later review.

By leveraging Amplio for at-home support, the platform bridges the gap between school-based therapy and home practice, increasing parental engagement and satisfaction. Parents become active participants in their child’s speech and language development, empowered by the tools and guidance provided by Amplio. This collaborative approach fosters a supportive learning environment both at school and home, enhancing the overall effectiveness of speech and language interventions.

Additional Benefits of Amplio for MTSS and RTI

Amplio Speech & Language addresses specific challenges within speech therapy while affording districts a number of benefits that enhance MTSS and RTI frameworks districtwide. These advantages ensure that the implementation of Amplio is a transformative investment for schools and districts.

  • Data-Driven Decision Making: By providing real-time access to detailed performance data and student progress monitoring, the platform allows educators to tailor interventions to meet the precise needs of each student. This level of specificity ensures that interventions are not only appropriate but also effective, optimizing the educational outcomes for students requiring speech and language support.
  • Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusivity: In today’s diverse educational environments, access to resources can vary greatly. Districts committed to providing equitable education opportunities must focus on making it as easy as possible for every student to have equal access to the same caliber of academic support, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location.
  • Professional Development: Amplio isn’t just a tool for students but also a resource for continuous learning and professional growth for SLPs. Partnering with Amplio equips SLPs with a wealth of evidence-based therapy materials, in addition to opening up expert-led professional development opportunities that enhance SLP expertise and keep them updated with the latest practices in speech therapy. 
  • Scalability: As districts grow and evolve, so do their needs. Amplio is designed to scale seamlessly with these changing demands, accommodating more students, more educators, and more complex administrative requirements. Whether a district is expanding its reach or deepening its interventions, Amplio adapts, ensuring that its capabilities align with the district’s goals at every stage.

Amplio helps districts enhance their capacity for effective speech and language intervention while committing to a holistic approach that supports every aspect of their educational mandate.

To learn more about how Amplio supports equitable, districtwide speech and language services across every intervention tier, download this overview

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Becca Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP

Becca Bishop, MS, CCC-SLP

Rebecca Bishop is Amplio’s VP of Pedagogy and District Relationships, responsible for ensuring the success of Amplio implementations across all product and service lines. A certified Speech-Language Pathologist from the University of Washington, Becca has more than 20 years of experience in speech-language therapy and aural habilitation, with specialization in hearing loss and cochlear implants, clinical research, and other aspects of intervention & educational support for students with communication disorders.

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