Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists on the Use of Telepractice in Schools: Quantitative Survey Results


  • Janice K. Tucker



This research surveyed 170 school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in one northeastern state, with only 1.8% reporting telepractice use in school-settings. These results were consistent with two ASHA surveys (2002; 2011) that reported limited use of telepractice for school-based speech-language pathology. In the present study, willingness to use telepractice was inversely related to age, perhaps because younger members of the profession are more accustomed to using technology.  Overall, respondents were concerned about the validity of assessments administered via telepractice; whether clinicians can adequately establish rapport with clients via telepractice; and if therapy conducted via telepractice can be as effective as in-person speech-language therapy. Most respondents indicated the need to establish procedures and guidelines for school-based telepractice programs.


Author Biography

Janice K. Tucker

Dr. Janice Tucker is a supervisor of special education at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit where she has served as the Supervisor of Speech-Language Support Programs for 14 years. She has over 30 years experience in the field of speech-language pathology. She obtained her BS from Ashland University, MS from Loyola College, and SLP.D from Nova Southeastern University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA. She serves as a Vice President on the Executive Board of PSHA. She is a member of SIGs 18 & 16.


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How to Cite

Tucker, J. K. (2012). Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists on the Use of Telepractice in Schools: Quantitative Survey Results. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 4(2).



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