Clinician perceptions of role-playing as a therapy technique
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Role-playing is used in speech-language pathology as a functional technique to improve everyday communication skills. This technique employs simulated scenarios to elicit specific or spontaneous responses from clients in individual or group therapy. The purposes of this survey study were to compare the perceptions of professional speech-language pathologists and graduate students regarding the use of role-playing in therapy. The survey questions investigated how frequently role-playing is used, why it is used, how effective the technique is, which patient populations are targeted for its use , and what barriers hinder its use. Survey respondents included 110 professionals and 145 students from across New York State. Results showed that both groups held similar views about why and how role-playing is used as well as which patients should be targeted for role-playing. However, professionals reported using role-playing at least once a month while students reported using role-playing rarely or never. Implications for teaching and training of graduate students are addressed.