Research Summary: The Effectiveness of Telepractice for Live Online Speech Therapy

A comprehensive array of academic and institutional research on speech language pathology and telepractice methods affirms that recent advances in videoconferencing technology can help address the ongoing shortage of SLPs in school systems today. More telepractice references are also available from ASHA.

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Speech/Language Telepractice in Schools

Webcam delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter: A Phase I trial
Brenda Carey, Sue O’Brian, Mark Onslow, Ann Packman, Ross Menzies; Australian Stuttering Research Centre, The University of Sydney
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools 2012;43:370
Purpose: This Phase I clinical trial explored the viability of webcam Internet delivery of the Camperdown Program for adolescents who stutter. Conclusion: The service delivery model was efficacious and efficient. All of the participants and their parents also found it appealing. Results justify a Phase II trial of the delivery model.

A Pilot Exploration of Speech Sound Disorder Intervention Delivered by Telehealth to School–Age Children
Susan Grogan-Johnson, PhD1, Rodney M. Gabel, PhD2, Jacquelyn Taylor, MA3, Lynne E. Rowan, PhD1, Robin Alvares, PhD,1 Jason Schenker, PhD4
International Journal of Telerehabilitation Vol. 3, No. 1 Spring 2011 10.5195/ijt.2011.6064

A pilot study comparing the effectiveness of speech language therapy provided by telemedicine with conventional on-site therapy
Sue Grogan-Johnson*⇓, Robin Alvares*, Lynne Rowan* and Nancy Creaghead†
Published online before print 2 March 2010, doi: 10.1258/jtt.2009.090608
J Telemed Telecare April 2010 vol. 16 no. 3 134-139

Teletherapy in the Schools
An Article Published in Advance Magazine for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
Alyssa Banotai
2008

Telepractice in Schools Helps Address Personnel Shortages
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
Carol Polovoy
July 15, 2008

Addressing Shortages in Schools via Telepractice
A Presentation Given By Janet Brown
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Starting a District-Based Telepractice Program
A Presentation Given By Jeanne M. Juenger
Housgon (MN) School District

Addressing Shortages in Oklahoma via Telepractice
A Presentation Given By Pamela G. Forducey, PhD
Integris Telehealth

Background on Telepractice

Janet Brown on the Next Generation of Telepractice
Presentation at the TSHA Annual Convention
Janet Brown, MA CCC-SLP
April 2, 2009

Telehealth in the Community: A Research Update
An Article in Home Health Care Management & Practice
Judith A. DePalma, PhD, RN
April 2009

Overview of Telehealth Activities in Speech-Language Pathology
A Study Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Pauline A. Mashima, MS, and Charles R. Doarn, MBA
December 2008

Telerehabilitation Clinical and Vocational Applications for Assistive Technology: Research, Opportunities, and Challenges
A Report in International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Mark R. Schmeler, Richard M. Schein, Michael McCue, & Kendra Betz, University of Pittsburgh
Fall 2008

Telerehabilitation: State-of-the-Art From an Informatics Perspective
A Report in International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Bambang Parmanto and Andi Saptono, University of Pittsburgh
Fall 2008

TSHA Telepractice Overview
A Presentation Given By the TSHA Telepractice Task Force
September 2008

Telemedicine for Speech-Language Pathology: History, Challenges, and Opportunities
A Presentation From the Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research
David Brennan, MBE
September 1, 2006

State Medicaid and Private Payer Reimbursement for Telemedicine: an Overview
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Nancy A. Brown, Oregon Health and Science University
2006

Audiology Telepractice Moves From Theory to Treatment
Article in The ASHA Leader
Mark Krumm
November 8, 2005

Knowledge and Skills Needed by Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Clinical Services via Telephone
Policy Report from the ASHA Telepractice Working Group
2005

Survey Report on Telepractice Use Among Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists
A Report Submitted to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
2002

Position Statements on Telepractice

Telemedicine and the diagnosis of speech and language disorders.
Published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 72(12):1116-1122
J R Duffy, G W Werven and A E Aronson.
December 1997
In 1997, the Mayo Clinic concluded that “Telemedicine evaluations can be reliable, beneficial, and acceptable to patients with a variety of acquired speech and language disorders, both in rural settings and within large multidisciplinary medical settings.”

Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Clinical Services via Telepractice: Position Statement
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2005

Impact of Telepractice

On the efficacy of videoconferencing methods:

Assessing Interprofessional Teamwork in a Videoconference-Based Telerehabilitation Setting
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Emmanuelle Careau, Claude Vincent, and Luc Noreau
2008

Equivalence of Functional Communication Assessment in Speech Pathology Using Videoconferencing
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Susan E. Palsbo, Center for Health and Disability Research
2007

Management of Communication Disorders Using Family Member Input, Group Treatment, and Telerehabilitation
A Study Published in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Christine Baron, Brooke Hatfield, and Amy Georgeadis, National Rehabilitation Hospital
Spring 2005

Technology Assisted Speech and Language Therapy
A Study Published in International Journal of Medical Informatics
M. Glykas and P. Chytas, University of Aegean
June 30, 2004

Telerehabilitation and its Effect on Story Retelling by Adults with Neurogenic Communication Disorders
A Study Published in Aphasiology
Amy C. Georgeadis, David M. Brennan, Linsey M. Barker, and Christine R. Baron, National Rehabilitation Hospital
2004

Internet Application to Tele-Audiology—“Nothin’ but Net”
A Study Published in American Journal of Audiology
Gregg D. Givens and Saravanan Elangovan, East Carolina University
December 2003

Public Information Services in the Field of Communication Disorders: Comparison between Teleservice and E-service
A Study Published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health
Ofer Amir, PhD, and Esther Shabtai, MSc
2002

On patient satisfaction:

Service Users’ Acceptability of Videoconferencing as a Form of Service Delivery
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Victoria Styles, Frenchay Hospital
2008

User Satisfaction with Home Telecare Based on Broadband Communication
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
S. Guillen, M.T. Arredondo, V. Traver, M.A. Valero, S. Martin, A. Traganitis, E. Mantzourani, A. Totter, K. Karefilaki, A. Paramythis, C. Stephanidis, and S. Robinson
2002

Technologies for Telepractice

Telerehabilitation Technologies: Accessibility and Usability
A Study Published in International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Michael Pramuka and Linda van Roosmalen, University of Pittsburgh
2008

Telepractice in the City – The Story of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York Home Care
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
D.J. Carpenedo
October 17, 2006

Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Clinical Services via Telepractice: Technical Report
A Report Published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2005

An Interactive Telemedicine System for Remote Speech-Language Pathology Treatment
Proceedings of the 26th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS
D.M. Brennan and L.M. Barker, National Rehabilitation Hospital
September 1-5, 2004

Efficacy and Sustainability of a Telerehabilitation Program
Proceedings of the 36th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Cynthia Scheideman-Miller, Pamela G. Clark, Al Moorad, Micha L. Post, Bob G. Hodge, Sharon Smeltzer
2003

Telerehabilitation Tools for the Provision of Remote Speech-Language Treatment
A Study Published in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
David Brennan, Amy Georgeadis, and Christine Baron
Winter 2002

Bridging the Service Gap…Through Audiology Telepractice
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
Mark Krumm, John Ribera, and Thomas Froelich
June 11, 2002

Economics of Telepractice

Making the Business Case for Telemedicine: An Interactive Spreadsheet
A Study Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Michael McCue and Susan Palsbo
2006

Studies and Research in Telemedicine

On childhood speech disorders:

Telepractice in the assessment and treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review.
A Research Review Published in Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Michelle Boisvert, Russell Lang, Mary Andrianopoulos, Mary Lynn Boscardin
2010

ABSTRACT: Studies involving the use of telepractice in the delivery of services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) were reviewed with the intent to inform practice and identify areas for future research.

A Pilot Study of Online Assessment of Childhood Speech Disorders
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Monique C. Waite, Louise M. Cahill, Deborah G. Theodoros, Sarah Busuttin, and Trevor G. Russell, University of Queensland
2006

Feasibility and Outcome Evaluation of a Telemedicine Application in Speech-Language Pathology
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Claude Sicotte, Pascale Lehoux, Julie Fortier-Blanc, and Yves Leblanc, University of Montreal
2003

On motor speech disorders:

An Internet-Based Telerehabilitation System for the Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders: A Pilot Study
A Study Published in American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Anne J. Hill, Deborah G. Theodoros, Trevor G. Russell, Louise M. Cahill, Elizabeth C. Ward, Kathy M. Clark
February 2006

Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders Online: A Pilot Study
A Study Published in Jounral of Telemedicine and Telecare
Deborah Theodoros, Trevor G. Russell, Anne Hill, Louise Cahill, and Kathy Clark
2003

On aphasia:

Assessing Acquired Language Disorders in Adults via the Internet
A Study Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Deborah Theodoros, Anne Hill, Trevor Russell, Elizabeth Ward, and Richard Wootton
July/August 2008

On laryngectomy:

Assessment of Communication and Swallowing Function Post Laryngectomy: a Telerehabilitation Trial
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Liz Ward, Jane White, Trevor Russell, Deborah Theodoros, Melissa Kuhl, Kathryn Nelson, and Irene Peters
2007

On internet-based telemedicine:

Internet based Telehealth in Speech Pathology: Results of Preliminary Trials
A Study Published in Telehealth
L. Wilson, L. McAllister, J. Atkinson, and P. Sefton
2006

Telepractice Brings Voice Treatment from Hawaii to Japan
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
P.A. Mashima and M.R. Holtel
November 8, 2005

Telehealth – Voice Therapy Using Telecommunications Technology
A Study Published in American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology
Pauline A. Mashima, Deborah P. Birkmire-Peters, Mark J. Syms, Michael R. Holtel, Lawrence P. Burgess, Leslie J. Peters, University of Hawaii
November 2003

On rural service delivery:

Meeting the Challenge of Rural Service Delivery
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
Bobbie Houn and Kolette Trottier
November 18, 2003

On the benefits of telemedicine:

Moving Toward the Future: Providing Speech-Language Pathology Services via Telehealth
An Article Published in Home Healthcare Nurse
April 2007

Venturing into Telehealth
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
Deborah Kully
June 11, 2002

On dysphagia:

Telepractice Program for Dysphagia
An Article Published in The ASHA Leader
J. Georges, K. Potter, and N. Belz
November 7, 2006

Teleflouroscopy in Dysphagia Management
A Presentation Given By James L. Coyle, University of Pittsburgh

On stuttering:

Telehealth Delivery of the Camperdown Program for Adults Who Stutter: A Phase I Trial
A Study Published in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Sue O’Brian, Ann Packman, Mark Onslow, The University of Sydney
February 2008

The Telehealth Adaptation of the Lidcombe Program of Early Stuttering Intervention
An Article Published by Christine Lewis, Minnesota State University
October 22, 2006

Telehealth in Speech Pathology: Applications to the Treatment of Stuttering
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Deborah Kully, Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research
2000

On developmental disabilities:

Telehealth Home Health Applications for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
A Study Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Thomas W. Miller, Bruce Elliott, Kathy Long, Cheryl Mazenac, and Michelle Moder, University of Connecticut
2006

On diagnosis of disorders:

Telemedicine and the Diagnosis of Speech and Language Disorders
A Study Published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Joseph Duffy, Gerry W., Arnold Aronson
1997

On strokes:

Telerehabilitation – a New Model for Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Jerry C. K. Lai, Jean Woo, Elsie Hui, and W.M. Chan
2004

TeleRehab: Stroke Teletherapy and Management Using Two-Way Interactive Video
A Study Published in Neurology Report
Pamela G. Clark, Stephen J. Dawson, Cynthia Scheideman-Miller, and Micha L. Post
June 2002

On neurologic disorders:

The Effect of Videoconference-Based Telerehabilitation on Story Retelling Performance by Brain-Injured Subjects and its Implications for Remote Speech-Language Therapy
A Study Published in Telemedicine Journal and e-Health
David M. Brennan, Amy C. Georgeadis, Christine R. Baron, and Linsey A. Baker
2004

Telerehabilitation Consultations for Clients with Neurologic Diagnoses: Cases from Rural Minnesota and American Samoa
A Study Published in NeuroRehabilitation
L. Savard, A. Borstad, K. Tkachuck, D. Lauderdale, B. Conroy
2003

On Parkinson’s Disease:

Videophone-Delivered Voice Therapy: A Comparative Analysis of Outcomes to Traditional Delivery for Adults with Parkinson’s Disease
A Study Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Lyn R. Tindall, Ruth A. Huebner, Joseph C. Stemple, and Harold Kleinert
December 2008

Treating the Speech Disorder in Parkinson’s Disease Online
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Deborah G. Theodoros, Gabriella Constantinescu, Trevor G. Russell, Elizabeth Ward, Stephen J. Wilson, and Richard Wootton, University of Queensland
2006

On otolaryngology:

Telemedicine in Otolaryngology
A Study Published in American Journal of Otolarngology
David Goldenberg and Barry Wenig
January 2002

The Need for More Telepractice Research

Research into Telehealth Applications in Speech-Language Pathology
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Anne Hill and Deborah Theodoros, University of Queensland
2002

Telerehabilitation for Service Delivery in Speech-Language Pathology
A Study Published in Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Deborah Theodoros, University of Queensland
2008