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Parents' perspectives on tele-AAC support for families with a new speech generating device: results from an Australian pilot study

Balandin, S., Anderson, K., Stancliffe, R. J. and Layfield, C. 2014, Parents' perspectives on tele-AAC support for families with a new speech generating device: results from an Australian pilot study, Perspectives on telepractice, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 39-70.

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Title Parents' perspectives on tele-AAC support for families with a new speech generating device: results from an Australian pilot study
Author(s) Balandin, S.ORCID iD for Balandin, S. orcid.org/0000-0003-4765-8232
Anderson, K.ORCID iD for Anderson, K. orcid.org/0000-0003-2747-0865
Stancliffe, R. J.
Layfield, C.
Journal name Perspectives on telepractice
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 39
End page 70
Publisher American Speech Language Hearing Association
Place of publication Rockville, Md.
Publication date 2014-09
ISSN 2162-2353
Summary Telepractice is rapidly gaining popularity as a cost-effective and convenient alternative to in-person services for a range of speech-language pathology (SLP) applications. To date, there has been little research investigating the use of telepractice to support families with a new speech generating device (SGD). This paper reports on the outcomes of a novel online training and support program, trialed with 4 underserviced Australian families of children with a new SGD. The program consisted of 6 video-narrated lessons on SGD use, along with an online supervision and practice component conducted via videoconference. Semistructured interviews were undertaken with parents following their completion of the program. Parents noted the telepractice support model offered a range of benefits, including convenient service access and flexible learning options. Challenges included technology limitations and increased pressure on parents to coordinate home practice. Overall, parents reported that the telepractice program was a positive experience for them and their children. Findings indicated that telepractice is a promising mode of service delivery for those learning to use a new SGD. Further research in this area is warranted.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Copyright notice ©2014, American Speech Language Hearing Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072730

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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