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

Sue Grogan-Johnson, Rodney M. Gabel, Jacquelyn Taylor, Lynne E. Rowan, Robin Alvares, Jason Schenker

Abstract


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


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2011.6064

  

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