As a provider of online Speech-Language Pathology, this debate has been a part of my professional life for years. It has moved front and center recently as the school closures of 2019 and 2020 resulted in many students moving to an online format for regular education and special educational services. Adult clients in hospital and private settings are also now being served virtually for what may be an extended period of time.
Please read the following resources to gather your thoughts and inform your responses in this discussion.
1) Reaching People With Disabilities in Underserved Areas Through Digital Interventions: Systematic Review
Focus on the “introduction” and the “discussion” sections.
(Links to an external site.)
2) A systematic review of parent intervention and telepractice: Parent intervention and telepractice.pdf
focus on the introduction, and the “implications for practice” sections.
3) Implementing Intensive Speech Sound Intervention Through Telepractice.pdf
focus on the “review of existing research”, “consideration of the telepractice service delivery model” and the “discussion” sections.
4) ASHAs top ten ethical consideration
s in telepractice
Use the following questions to prompt your response:
What factors do you feel support the use of online service provision? Do you feel these extend to regular education?
What factors did you learn about that suggest it is not always in the client’s best interest?
Do you have any personal reactions to the resources? Do you have personal experience?
When it comes to your own learning, do you prefer virtually or in person? why?
What types of research are now needed to ensure we comply with ASHA’s code of ethics in service provision?