Adoption of Telepractice for Speech-Language Services: A Statewide Perspective

J. Joneen Lowman, Harold L. Kleinert

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Abstract

Little information exists regarding the statewide adoption of telepractice, the delivery of speech-language services at a distance through telecommunications, for addressing the documented shortage of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in rural communities. A statewide survey of directors of special education revealed that only two school districts out of 87 respondents had adopted telepractice as a means of addressing job vacancies, whereas 79% (n = 69) of the districts had never considered telepractice. A lack of knowledge about telepractice was not the primary barrier to adoption. Instead, concerns about the validity of telepractice, technology-related concerns, and inadequate support staff were noted as barriers to adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalRural Special Education Quarterly
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© Hammill Institute on Disabilities 2017.

Keywords

  • related services
  • speech-language pathology
  • technology
  • telepractice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Development

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