Ethics in Speech and Language Therapy by Richard Body

By Richard Body

Ethics in Speech and Language remedy is a key textual content for college kids, practitioners and executives alike. The calls for of perform, laws, registration and the popularity of knowledge all aspect to the necessity for speech and language therapists to be explicitly trained approximately ethics. This publication presents an outline of this key subject, grounds moral perform within the broader context of morals and values; discusses frameworks for moral choice making; discusses universal moral concerns in speech and language treatment perform and repair administration; and considers components which complicate moral determination making.

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As Noddings (1988) says, the primary concern of moral agents is ‘the relation itself – not only what happens physically to others involved in the relation and in connected relations but what they may feel and how they may respond to the act under consideration’ (p. 219). It may be particularly relevant that ‘traditional moral philosophy has overlooked the contributions of the cared-for’ – in our case the patients and carers interacting with SLTs – ‘because these contributions cannot always be described in terms of moral agency or adherence to principle’ (Noddings, 2003, p.

As with the four principles, the concepts pose challenges of interpretation. For example, although telling the truth may be a behaviour generally expected of healthcare professionals by the public, it might not necessarily be a good idea to tell the (whole) truth to someone who may in some way be harmed by the news (thereby violating the principle of nonmaleficence). ) Fidelity refers to actions such as keeping promises and fulfilling responsibilities, and is of relevance to conflicts of interest (say between a child’s perceived needs and the parents’ wishes).

The fourth foundation, which is based around belonging and community, is said to involve such things as awareness of one’s dependence on other people and of the duty to support others. In fact, even the first foundation containing basic needs is not restricted to physical needs but also includes purpose in life (Wright-St Clair & Seedhouse, 2005). Seedhouse employs the image of these four areas as building blocks (and extends Practising ethically 23 the analogy into the requirements for good building work), with a fifth building block being required at some times by some people.

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