184: The School-to-confinement Pipeline with Dr. Shameka Stewart

The School-to-confinement Pipeline with Dr. Shameka Stewart


As SLPs, it is our duty to advocate for our students and help them succeed in any way we possibly can. 

In this episode of SLP Coffee Talk, I sat down with Dr. Shameka Stewart to talk about the school-to-confinement pipeline for students that struggle to communicate functionally and how we as SLPs can improve our services to better serve these students and, potentially, change their lives. 

Dr. Shameka Stewart is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Juvenile Forensic Speech-Language Pathologist(r). Dr. Stewart is also a special education advocate trained by the Wright's Law training center. 

Dr. Stewart’s clinical and scholarly work specializes in Juvenile Forensics, Law Enforcement Interaction with youth with CD, child language disorders, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). 

Her primary research focuses on the Confluence and Impact of cognitive and communication disorders on the school-to-confinement pipeline, status offenses, involvement with the criminal justice system, law enforcement interaction, and criminal recidivism in youth placed at-risk for delinquency and crime (especially Black and Brown youth from under-resourced areas). 

Dr. Stewart is also a clinically certified and licensed speech-language pathologist and is licensed to practice in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and multiple other states.


In This Episode You’ll Discover:

  • How Dr. Stewart got involved in studying the correlation between speech students and confinement later in life
  • How the ability to communicate functionally can impact a child's chances of being confined
  • How youth that need speech services can get it while confined
  • How SLPs can advocate for students when the system has failed them
  • How to make your goals more relevant to the needs of the youth


I hope you found this episode enlightening and that inspired you to dig deeper when advocating for your students and writing relevant goals to what they actually need in life. 

If you want to learn more from Dr. Stewart, you can visit her website and follow her on Instagram and Facebook

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The School-to-confinement Pipeline with Dr. Shameka Stewart


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