Current Issues: Telepractice: Its Place in Our Technology-Driven World Technology is constantly evolving, allowing individuals to communicate more quickly and effectively than ever before. Technological advances can often lead to controversy, as is the case with telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology. Telepractice is defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the use of telecommunication technology to ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2011
Current Issues: Telepractice: Its Place in Our Technology-Driven World
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amanda M. Vogler
    Clarion University of PA, Clarion, PA
  • Mary Beth Mason-Baughman
    Clarion University of PA, Clarion, PA
  • Mary Pat McCarthyColumn Editor
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Current Issues
Article   |   October 01, 2011
Current Issues: Telepractice: Its Place in Our Technology-Driven World
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2011, Vol. 21, 93-98. doi:10.1044/aas21.3.93
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2011, Vol. 21, 93-98. doi:10.1044/aas21.3.93

Technology is constantly evolving, allowing individuals to communicate more quickly and effectively than ever before. Technological advances can often lead to controversy, as is the case with telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology. Telepractice is defined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as the use of telecommunication technology to connect the clinician with a client to provide services from a distance (2011b). ASHA states that this is a valid form of practice, but several states have declared it illegal. Universal telepractice access will allow delivery of speech and language services to individuals living in diverse areas of the United States. By reviewing policies and case studies surrounding telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology, this research study uncovered how telepractice can be more widely accepted by both health-care professionals and state legislatures.

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