Friday, December 22, 2017

On Technology Training

I highly recommend checking out a recent article published in ASHA Perspectives (yes, you need to be a SIG member, by which you get access to the unified SIG Perspectives journal) Technology Training in Speech-Language Pathology: A Focus on Tablets and Apps (Edwards & Dukhovny, 2017). The article is specific to technology integration in clinical training programs in universities, but the information is relevant not only to those in higher education, but clinical supervisors and clinicians in general. A few key points:

  • The authors site many rationales for integrating apps in intervention, including "client motivation, streamlined data-capturing, potential cost savings compared to printed materials, and the particular intervention advantages of visual, dynamic, and interactive presentation."
  • The goal of their work was also avoiding tech integration pitfalls such as "unclear paths to generalization," distracting features within apps, and focusing on implementation at the expense of client needs, as well as our field's tendency to utilize word of mouth and lay user reviews rather than more clinically oriented information.
  • The article recommends that "students and faculty need structured educational opportunities ranging from explicit instruction to guided exploration of relevant technologies."
  • It is noted that limited documentation is available on apps (at least within developer-provided information) and it is unlikely that studies will be conducted on low-cost resources. Consider also (my note) the recent death of hundreds of apps with iOS 11 and our need to always race against obsolescence.
  • Through a process of pre/post surveys and an AT "open house" at the university, the authors describe a process of instructing student clinicians on available resources and provide a rubric by which clinicians need to request new apps be made available with specific detail on their relationship to client needs.
Overall, the article represents an important (peer-reviewed!) comment on the state of technology integration in our field and outlines strategies and the need for training within clinical education programs. Of course, like all of us I would like to see more research emerge on apps, but continue to think it is unlikely for it to be widespread given the reasons sited above (low cost of resources, cost of research, transience of apps and their discrete functions). I can see why the authors would feel the need to say that evaluation rubrics do "not substitute for peer-reviewed intervention research." An additional point I would make is that the use of rubrics should be expanded beyond app requests and be made less "optional" than within the context described, though providing workshops and app request procedures for students is a great start. Truly, education within each course area should include information on technology and critical app evaluation (see my FIVES criteria). A use of rubrics in this way would promote alignment with clinical expertise and client values, the other prongs of EBP.  The authors also briefly mention how clinicians repurposed apps such as Quizlet, and I of course endorse the clinical opportunities connected to these apps, as this is the primary focus of this website.

See it at:
Edwards, J. & Dukhovny, E. (2017). Technology Training in Speech-Language Pathology: A Focus on Tablets and Apps. Perspect ASHA SIGs, 2 (SIG 10), 33–48. doi: 10.1044/persp2.SIG10.33


  1. The difficulty with rubrics is that they can be very subjective and time consuming. I am really hoping that my feature matching checklist will be used in order to align the features offered in the app with best practice. What I love about this article is the need to start thinking more deeply and perhaps critically about the value that an app can bring to therapy.

  2. It is essential to knowing about the new technology and your blog give me best awareness about the leering of technology. As well as, I am also telling you about to save and renew your walls by getting our Exterior Painting Services in Knoxville TN. Hurry up and make it that you want.

  3. Looking for high quality Chip on board ? Then we are the best for you, who suit your expectations. We have huge experience on this field. We are 100% dedicated to find you Chip on board.
    You can buy Chip on board here and here are numberius clients buy our products. We are provide only high quality Chip on board for you with always customers support.
    PCBASIC, the best pcb assembly manufacturer in China. We have developed a set of system production auxiliary software, which focuses on the fast production service of multi-variety and small-batch PCB assembly service.

    If you want to know more, Please check out here -

  4. As a hospitality student, classically trained chef, restaurateur, and corporate executive, I have been privileged to experience the restaurant industry from several perspectives. Personal bias aside, I can say with certainty that there are many good reasons to know that the restaurant industry is still a great bet, in spite of our current economic storm. polyurethane

  5. I'm starting the new year in the process of divorce, and I'm stuck on whether I want to change my last name to my maiden name or keep my married last name. I don't like my maiden name, and I was happy to change it when we got married. He is the initiator, so I feel obligated to get rid of any traces of it. But I also think changing my last name is a hassle. I still have cards, passport, etc. in my maiden name, so that's half and half. No children together, which makes me think about "keeping the last name for the baby".

  6. It's astonishing to reflect on how much technology has infiltrated our daily lives. From our smartphones to our laptops, we use these devices for work, communication, entertainment, and even basic tasks like setting alarms or checking the weather.

    Despite the convenience that technology provides, there is a growing concern about its impact on our physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that excessive screen time can lead to eye strain, sleep disturbance, and even anxiety and depression.archive storage

  7. Technology offers plenty of opportunities for businesses to make things like marketing and managing a team easier. But with so many different tech tools out there, it can be difficult.Free Backlink Checker