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What is Speech-Language Pathology/Therapy

Handbook of Research on Determining the Reliability of Online Assessment and Distance Learning
Is the professional responsible for the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.
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Distance Education in Speech-Language Therapy: Telepractice With Children With Speech and Language Disorders
Rita Alegria (Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal), Susana Vaz Freitas (Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal), and Joana Rocha (Fernando Pessoa University, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4769-4.ch018
Speech-language pathologists/therapists have been using a different service delivery model known for almost 40 years as telepractice, so they can meet the growing demand for assessment, intervention, consultancy, and also distance learning in their scope of practice. As far as the authors could review, the literature highlights a number of benefits for students, teachers, parents, and stakeholders, as well as evidence for the delivery of professional services at a distance within the clinical and educational settings. There are few studies regarding the effectiveness of telepractice intervention in this field. To their knowledge, there are no European Portuguese studies. The chapter illustrates up to date international applications of telepractice and distance learning in speech-language therapy services. It has currently increased in order to respond to the world crisis related to COVID-19 in which social self-isolation and personal dislocations are being implemented, forcing this professional to adapt to this new reality.
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