An Evaluation of Telepractice During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders in Belgium


  • Ronny Boey University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Stefaan Lefevere Study Department VVL, Belgium



COVID-19 pandemic, Speech-language pathology, Survey, Telepractice


The aim of this article was to evaluate the sudden implementation of telepractice in Belgium during the COVID-19 pandemic. A 38-question survey was completed by 1,222 Dutch-speaking speech-language pathologists (SLPs) from Belgium. Most reported good or very good satisfaction with telepractice and that telepractice can be effectively used with clients of different ages and speech disorders with or without comorbidity. The SLPs reported when telepractice could be used most effectively. They also detailed their difficulties with both technology and client-related issues. Limitations when switching to telepractice included a lack of training and experience, and digital materials.


Author Biographies

Ronny Boey, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Antwerp, Belgium

Biosketch and publications:


Stefaan Lefevere, Study Department VVL, Belgium

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How to Cite

Boey, R., & Lefevere, S. (2022). An Evaluation of Telepractice During the COVID-19 Pandemic for the Treatment of Speech and Language Disorders in Belgium. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 14(1).



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