Telepractice in the Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with Aphasia: A Systematic Review


  • Nerissa Hall University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Michelle Boisvert University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Richard Steele Lingraphica



Telepractice involves the application of technology to deliver services over a geographical distance. Studies in which telepractice procedures were used in the assessment or treatment of individuals with aphasia were reviewed. Systematic searches identified 10 studies meeting inclusion criteria. These studies were evaluated in terms of the: (a) characteristics of the participants, (b) technology utilized (c), services delivered via telepractice (d), research methodology, and (e) results and conclusions of the study. Telepractice was used by speech-language pathologists and the allied health professionals to assist with the delivery of services to participants with aphasia by their caretakers or clinicians. The services delivered included appraisal, diagnostic assessments, interventions, and consultation. This review suggests that telepractice is a viable method of service delivery for individuals with aphasia and warrants additional research. Guidelines for practitioners and potential directions for future research are discussed.


Author Biography

Michelle Boisvert, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Michelle Boisvert, PhD. CCC-SLP is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research addresses the effective use of telepractice to serve individuals with autism and other communication disorders using an evidence-based practice model. She has presented her research nationally and conducted numerous workshops and seminars regarding technical, reliability and validity issues regarding the telepractice as a service delivery model. She has published her research and has consulted on the development of several software programs.


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How to Cite

Hall, N., Boisvert, M., & Steele, R. (2013). Telepractice in the Assessment and Treatment of Individuals with Aphasia: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 5(1).



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