Teletherapy Speech Language Evaluations

Welcome speech-language pathologists! This is a page dedicated to walking you through the different aspects of teletherapy speech language evaluations

Can we conduct formal speech language evaluations via teletherapy?

When Covid-19 first hit, many school districts and clinics made decisions to postpone evaluations until face-to-face life returned. It quickly became apparent that evaluations could not be put on hold indefinitely. And the truth is, we CAN effectively conduct most speech-language evaluations remotely. We developed this page share guidance from experts in the field and share practical tips for how to conduct remote speech-language evaluations.

Using Standardized Speech Language Tests in a Remote Format

Dr. Ellen Kester of Bilinguistics interviews Dr. Elizabeth Allen of Pro-Ed. They discuss the use of standardized tests in a remote format, the use of norms, and what Pro-Ed is doing to make tests more accessible to speech-language pathologists conducting remote testing.

Don’t Wait to Do Online Speech Language Evaluations. An Interview with Dr Elizabeth Peña, author of the BESA.

Dr. Ellen Kester of Bilinguistics and Dr. Elizabeth Peña of the University of California-Irvine discuss why speech and language testing can’t wait until we are back in school. They discuss studies indicating reliability across teletherapy compared to in-person speech therapy, the use of standardized scores in remote testing, and tips for implementing remote speech-language evaluations that yield confident diagnostic decisions.

Telepractice Informal Assessment of a Two-Year-Old

This 4-minute video on informal assessment is PACKED with great ways to gather the information you need. Awesome SLP, Phuong Palafox, disappears from the screen, prompting 2-year-old Ollie to ask where she went. Ollie also commented, pointed to objects, colors, and body parts on request, expanded his utterances in response to an expanded language model, engaged in turn-taking, and used social greetings. The powerful information we get from informal assessment practices informs confident diagnostic decisions.

Telepractice and Informal Speech Language Assessment

As with any in-person evaluation, our remote evaluations should always incorporate language samples. In this video, we used our Mercer Mayer book Frog, Where Are You? to get a language sample without a model, provide a teaching session, and then get another language sample following the teaching session. So not only do we get great language sample information, this is also our dynamic assessment that helps us look at change with teaching, or learning potential. We followed it up with some informal receptive language tasks using story comprehension questions. This is rich information to guide our diagnostic decisions.

Teletherapy Articulation Assessment

In this video, two of the authors of the Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment app, walk through the simple process of plugging the iPad into the computer to administer the BAPA over a teleconferencing platform. The test is administered EXACTLY as it is when sitting face-to-face.

Telepractice Articulation Assessment Example

This video shows how the BAPA displays on the screen, and how prompts are played. You need to be sure you check the “Share computer audio” button for the audio prompts to play clearly for your students and clients.

We can conduct speech-language evaluations remotely with fidelity.

While we have to work through some platform differences, you can see from these videos that we can still gather qualitative data and implement standardized measures remotely that give us solid data we can use to make confident and accurate diagnostic decisions.