Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology: The Evidence, the Challenges, and the Future This article provides a review of the evidence base for telepractice in speech-language pathology, the challenges that exist, and the future directions for this field. It describes the benefits of telepractice for clients and their families and outlines the evidence currently available to support the validity and reliability of this ... Article
Article  |   September 2011
Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology: The Evidence, the Challenges, and the Future
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  • Deborah Theodoros
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of QueenslandBrisbane, St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Articles
Article   |   September 2011
Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology: The Evidence, the Challenges, and the Future
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2011, Vol. 1, 10-21. doi:10.1044/tele1.1.10
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2011, Vol. 1, 10-21. doi:10.1044/tele1.1.10

This article provides a review of the evidence base for telepractice in speech-language pathology, the challenges that exist, and the future directions for this field. It describes the benefits of telepractice for clients and their families and outlines the evidence currently available to support the validity and reliability of this mode of delivery in the management of adult neurogenic communication disorders (aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia of speech); voice disorders; stuttering; dysphagia; laryngectomy; and articulation, language, and literacy disorders in children. The challenges facing telepractice in speech-language pathology and the future directions for this field are discussed.

Telepractice is an emerging area of service delivery in speech-language pathology that is likely to become an integral part of mainstream practice in the future. In order to achieve this, it is imperative that the profession accelerates its program of research and clinical endeavor in this area.

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