Comparing In-Person and Telepractice Service Delivery for Spoken Language Production and Comprehension Using the National Outcomes Measurement System

  • Imran Musaji Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA
  • Blake Roth Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA
  • Kathy Coufal Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
  • Douglas F. Parham Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA
  • Trisha L. Self Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA
Keywords: NOMS, Outcome measures, School-age language disorders, Telepractice

Abstract

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) developed the National Outcomes Measurement System for aggregating standardized patient outcomes. Outcomes are standardized using Functional Communication Measures (FCM), scales designed to describe communicative function across specific areas of clinical need. This investigation compared in-person and telepractice service delivery for children in elementary school settings who received treatment targeting the FCM categories of either “spoken language production” or “spoken language comprehension.” De-identified cases were secured from ASHA’s NOMS database and the database of a private e-learning provider that implemented the NOMS format. There were minimal significant differences in the median change scores between the traditional and telepractice interventions. These results support comparable treatment outcomes between in-person service delivery and telepractice for treatment of children exhibiting impaired spoken language production or spoken language comprehension in an elementary school setting

  

Author Biographies

Imran Musaji, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Imran Musaji, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Wichita State University. 

Blake Roth, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas, USA

Blake Roth, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Instructor and doctoral candidate with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Fort Hays State University.

Kathy Coufal, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Kathy Coufal, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Douglas F. Parham, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Douglas F. Parham, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Chair and Program Director of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Wichita State University (WSU).

Trisha L. Self, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Trisha Self, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at Wichita State University (WSU).

Published
2021-05-19
How to Cite
Musaji, I. ., Roth, B., Coufal, K., Parham, D. F., & Self, T. L. (2021). Comparing In-Person and Telepractice Service Delivery for Spoken Language Production and Comprehension Using the National Outcomes Measurement System. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2021.6373
Section
Research