Parents' perspectives on tele-AAC support for families with a new speech generating device: results from an Australian pilot study

Kate Anderson, Susan Balandin, Roger J. Stancliffe, Claire Layfield

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Telepractice is rapidly gaining popularity as a cost-effective and convenient alternative to in-person services for a range of speech-language pathology (SLP) applications. To date, there has been little research investigating the use of telepractice to support families with a new speech generating device (SGD). This paper reports on the outcomes of a novel online training and support program, trialed with 4 underserviced Australian families of children with a new SGD. The program consisted of 6 video-narrated lessons on SGD use, along with an online supervision and practice component conducted via videoconference. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with parents following their completion of the program. Parents noted the telepractice support model offered a range of benefits, including convenient service access and flexible learning options. Challenges included technology limitations and increased pressure on parents to coordinate home practice. Overall, parents reported that the telepractice program was a positive experience for them and their children. Findings indicated that telepractice is a promising mode of service delivery for those learning to use a new SGD. Further research in this area is warranted.
LanguageEnglish
Pages52-60
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives on telepractice
Volume4
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Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Parents' perspectives on tele-AAC support for families with a new speech generating device : results from an Australian pilot study. / Anderson, Kate; Balandin, Susan; Stancliffe, Roger J.; Layfield, Claire.

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