Language Intervention via Text-Based Tele-AAC: A Case Study Comparing On-site and Telepractice Services There is a shortage of qualified speech and language pathologists (SLPs) to not only meet the needs of students with a variety of communicative disabilities, but also the needs of those students with severe impairments who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Special education administrators need to consider additional methods ... Article
Article  |   September 2014
Language Intervention via Text-Based Tele-AAC: A Case Study Comparing On-site and Telepractice Services
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nerissa Hall
    Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium, Westfield, MA
  • Michelle Boisvert
    WorldTide, Inc./C.A.R.E. Consortium, Williamsburg, MA
  • Hillary Jellison
    Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium, Westfield, MA
  • Mary Andrianopoulos
    Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Financial Disclosure: Nerissa Hall is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium. Michelle Boisvert is a CCC speech-language pathologist at WorldTide, Inc./C.A.R.E. Consortium. Hillary Jellison is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium. Mary Andrianopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts.
    Financial Disclosure: Nerissa Hall is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium. Michelle Boisvert is a CCC speech-language pathologist at WorldTide, Inc./C.A.R.E. Consortium. Hillary Jellison is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Commūnicāre, LLC/C.A.R.E. Consortium. Mary Andrianopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at the University of Massachusetts.×
  • Nonfinancial Disclosure: Nerissa Hall has previously published in the subject area. Michelle Boisvert has previously published in the subject area. Hillary Jellison has previously published in the subject area. Mary Andrianpoulos has previously published in the subject area.
    Nonfinancial Disclosure: Nerissa Hall has previously published in the subject area. Michelle Boisvert has previously published in the subject area. Hillary Jellison has previously published in the subject area. Mary Andrianpoulos has previously published in the subject area.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Language Disorders / Articles
Article   |   September 2014
Language Intervention via Text-Based Tele-AAC: A Case Study Comparing On-site and Telepractice Services
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2014, Vol. 4, 61-70. doi:10.1044/teles4.2.61
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2014, Vol. 4, 61-70. doi:10.1044/teles4.2.61

There is a shortage of qualified speech and language pathologists (SLPs) to not only meet the needs of students with a variety of communicative disabilities, but also the needs of those students with severe impairments who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Special education administrators need to consider additional methods of service delivery, such as telepractice. However, there is limited evidence regarding the efficacy of services delivered to students using AAC via telepractice as opposed to face-to-face services. This study examines the effectiveness of services provided using both methodologies, and aims to provide some validation of telepractice as an alternative treatment method. Using a single-subject design to compare performance outcomes, a 7 year-old male participant, who used a Vantage Plus™ device with an 84-sequenced overlay, was studied over an eight-week period, with four weeks of on-site therapy immediately followed by four weeks of telepractice therapy. Student progress was measured by comparing outcomes in both conditions to baseline data with respect to short-term goals focused on grammatical morphemes. The results indicate that the performance outcomes were comparable in both conditions. The authors discuss the implications of using telepractice to deliver direct intervention and future applications of telepractice as a service delivery model for individuals using AAC.

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