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Sue Grogan JohnsonTo Telepractice or not to Telepractice: Considerations for providing speech-language therapy online to school-age students.​

October 13, 2021 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Sue Grogan Johnson

This is the first in a series of webinars addressing online service delivery of school-based speech-language therapy services. In this session we will review the evidence base for delivery of speech-language therapy services through an on-line learning environment for school-age students. In addition, we will consider how to harness telepractice for use as one among a continuum of service delivery models for school districts. Ample time will be provided for audience questions.

Sue Grogan-Johnson, Ph.D, CCC-SLP is a professor in the speech pathology department at Kent State University. She teaches courses in adult and pediatric language disorders and directs the school-based speech-language telepractice project which began in 2007. She has published research related to the effectiveness of speech-language therapy services delivered to school-age children through telepractice and presents on topics related to telepractice and language intervention for school-age students.

The use of telepractice requires unique knowledge and skills, yet the foundations of therapy remain the same. This course will review best practices for the telepractice service delivery model along with ideas for providing contextualized, effective interventions remotely.

William (Bill) Bolden III, MA CCC-SLP is a project coordinator, SLP and doctoral student at Kent State University. He has worked at the university for several years providing school-based speech and language services via telepractice. Additionally, he has supervised graduate student clinicians as part of their clinical practicum in both on-site and telepractice therapy settings. Bill lectures on topics related to telepractice and teaches coursework related to language disorders in children and adolescents as an adjunct course instructor.

Erin Elizabeth Gill LundblomSchool Telepractice Assessment (STA): Part 1​

October 29, 2021 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Erin Elizabeth Gill Lundblom

The increased use of telepractice in educational settings compels a review of educational legislation and regulations for service providers. This presentation describes use of the School Telepractice Assessment (STA) to ensure compliance with federal educational legislation. The STA is designed for use by SLPs, school administrators, school districts, and contracted providers.

Erin E.G. Lundblom, PhD, is an associate professor and the clinical coordinator for the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. Lundblom’s areas of interest encompass child language development and the importance of early intervention, the provision of school-based language and literacy services including service delivery options, and higher education pedagogy.

Ellen R. CohnSchool Telepractice Assessment (STA): Part 2​

November 5, 2021 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Ellen R. Cohn

The School Telepractice Assessment (STA) can be used to both guide school-based telepractice and assess whether telepractice services are comparable to in-person practice. This presentation addresses: use of personnel, roles and responsibilities of school-based SLPs, and privacy and security.

Ellen R. Cohn PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, is part-time lecturer in the Department of Communication and Rhetoric, University of Pittsburgh and Professor-Adjunct, University of Maryland Global Campus. Cohn is the founding Editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. She received a 2019 Editor’s award, ASHA’s Perspectives Journal, for a journal article about tele-ethics.

Joneen LowmanPanel Discussion with Teletherapists

November 12, 2021 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: Joneen Lowman

K. Todd HoustonUsing Telepractice to Deliver Family-Centered Early Intervention for Children with Hearing Loss

November 17, 2021 (1:00 pm EST)

Presented by: K. Todd Houston

Today, an array of distance technology is available to assist early interventionists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists to enhance listening, communication development, and learning in children with hearing loss. Professionals are utilizing technology to enhance and expand service delivery via models of telepractice. This presentation will discuss innovative uses of distance technology to increase family and child engagement, compliance, and improved learning and communication outcomes.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Identify current distance technology that is impacting early intervention and the education of children with hearing loss;
2. Discuss the role of parent coaching in telepractice; and
3. Define the use of telepractice as a service delivery model for children with hearing loss and their families.

K. Todd Houston, PhD, CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVT, is a Professor, Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP), and a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist (Cert. AVT). He is currently a member of the faculty in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the University of Akron (Akron, OH) and also serves as an SLP and LSLS Cert. AVT for the Cochlear Implant Program at Akron Children’s Hospital.

For more than 25 years, his professional focus has been serving young children with hearing loss and their families who are learning to listen and acquire spoken language as well as providing aural rehabilitation to adults with hearing loss. For the past fifteen years, Dr. Houston has incorporated telepractice into his service delivery and continues to provide direct services each week, both in-person and through telepractice, to young children with hearing loss and their families.

He has published three recent books through Plural Publishing: Telepractice In Speech-Language Pathology (2014), Assessing Listening and Spoken Language in Children with Hearing Loss (with Dr. Tamala Bradham, 2015), and Telerpactice In Audiology (with Dr. Emma Rushbrooke, 2016). Dr. Houston continues to publish research articles, book chapters, and other editorials focused on a range of related clinical topics. He also is a sought-after speaker and presenter throughout the United States and internationally.

Dr. Houston also is a Founding Partner & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 3C Digital Media Network and host of the podcast, The Listening Brain and co-host, with Kim Dutro Allen, of the podcast, Telepractice Today.

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