Conducting Telepractice Speech Evaluations Webinar
Friday, August 14th 3:00 – 4:00 PM CST
Course Type: Live Webinar
Speech testing for articulation and phonological concerns is actually pretty straightforward in a remote testing world. We’ll show you the process we went through to set up our speech testing, and how easy it can be. There are a number of different tools out there in digital formats that we can use. We all have our own preferences so we’ll cover a variety of tools. We’ll also explore informal speech testing. Fluency evaluations also fall into our speech testing category. We’ll show you how we can approach a fluency evaluation remotely and a tool to help you quickly calculate rates of disfluencies.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs
(Intermediate Level, Professional Area)
There are many new considerations for speech-language pathologists who are faced with conducting speech evaluations remotely. First, there are basic considerations for videoconferencing platforms, such as which ones to use, how to display information, how to give the student the ability to make selections, and how to ensure that both parties can hear one another and hear any verbal stimuli through the computer. Next, there are different considerations for different types of testing.
For speech testing, including articulation, phonology, and fluency, it is critical that we can both see the child producing the sounds, and that we have quality audio transmission so we can hear the child productions. We also need to ensure that they can hear models and prompts clearly, and can see the visual stimuli.
For standardized speech assessments, we need to consider the impact of remote testing on scores. We’ll discuss similarities and differences in remote versus in-person testing for articulation and phonology assessment, and the impact of those differences on standardized scores.
Informal measures, such as speech samples and dynamic assessment, will continue to play a critical role in our diagnostic decisions for remote testing. We will share video examples of how we have used these measures in remote testing. We will also describe the practical aspects of this, such as how to capture language samples in a secure manner.
Finally, we will consider variations in the write-up of our assessments that are conducted using remote platforms. We will share practical advice from our test development experts and share examples of verbiage we have used in reports for remotely conducted evaluations.
Participants will be able to:
• Prepare families for the remote assessment sessions with technology and practical information
• Implement formal measures remotely
• Implement informal measures remotely
• Implement dynamic assessment approaches remotely
• Include pertinent information regarding remote assessments in reports
FINANCIAL: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an employee of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.
NON-FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.
5 minutes: Introduction and Summary of the Topic
5 minutes: Considerations for Remote Articulation Testing
15 minutes: Using Standardized Tests Remotely
10 minutes: Using Informal Testing Approaches Remotely
15 minutes: Conducting Dynamic Assessment Remotely
5 minutes: Writing the report
5 minutes: Conclusion