A Pilot Investigation of Speech Sound Disorder Intervention Delivered by Telehealth to School-Age Children


  • Sue Grogan-Johnson Kent State University
  • Rodney M. Gabel Bowling Green State University
  • Jacquelyn Taylor Private Practice Formerly at Kent State University
  • Lynne E. Rowan Kent State University
  • Robin Alvares Kent State University
  • Jason Schenker Kent State University




This article describes a school-based telehealth service delivery model and reports outcomes made by school-age students with speech sound disorders in a rural Ohio school district. Speech therapy using computer-based speech sound intervention materials was provided either by live interactive videoconferencing (telehealth), or conventional side-by-side intervention.  Progress was measured using pre- and post-intervention scores on the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation-2 (Goldman & Fristoe, 2002). Students in both service delivery models made significant improvements in speech sound production, with students in the telehealth condition demonstrating greater mastery of their Individual Education Plan (IEP) goals. Live interactive videoconferencing thus appears to be a viable method for delivering intervention for speech sound disorders to children in a rural, public school setting. 

Keywords:  Telehealth, telerehabilitation, videoconferencing, speech sound disorder, speech therapy, speech-language pathology; E-Helper


Author Biographies

Sue Grogan-Johnson, Kent State University

Assistant Professor, Speech Pathology and Audiology Department, Kent State University

Director, ODE/OMNIE Pilot Telepractice Project

Rodney M. Gabel, Bowling Green State University

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Disorders

Jacquelyn Taylor, Private Practice Formerly at Kent State University

ODE/OMNIE telepractice project SLP

Lynne E. Rowan, Kent State University

Interim Director, School of Health Sciences

Kent State University

Robin Alvares, Kent State University

ODE/OMNIE Telepractice Project SLP

Jason Schenker, Kent State University

Assistant Professor, Department of Foundations, Administration and Leadership

Kent State University


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How to Cite

Grogan-Johnson, S., Gabel, R. M., Taylor, J., Rowan, L. E., Alvares, R., & Schenker, J. (2011). A Pilot Investigation of Speech Sound Disorder Intervention Delivered by Telehealth to School-Age Children. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2011.6064



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