Technology Training in Speech-Language Pathology: A Focus on Tablets and Apps Use of tablet computers has become ubiquitous in speech-language pathology assessment and intervention. With hundreds of applications of variable quality available, clinical training programs have the added responsibility of teaching students systematic, critical-thought-driven approaches to technology selection and evaluation. The purpose of this article is two-pronged: (1) we describe a ... Article
Article  |   August 07, 2017
Technology Training in Speech-Language Pathology: A Focus on Tablets and Apps
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jeffrey Edwards
    California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA
  • Elena Dukhovny
    California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA
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  • Financial: This project was funded by a grant obtained by the author from the Center for Student Research when a graduate student at California State University, East Bay. At the time of this study, Jeffrey Edwards was receiving an hourly salary in his position as Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Lab in the Norma S. and Ray. R. Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Elena Dukhovny receives a full-time salary as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at California State University, East Bay. She also serves as the faculty director for the Assistive Technology Lab in the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.
    Financial: This project was funded by a grant obtained by the author from the Center for Student Research when a graduate student at California State University, East Bay. At the time of this study, Jeffrey Edwards was receiving an hourly salary in his position as Coordinator for the Assistive Technology Lab in the Norma S. and Ray. R. Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Elena Dukhovny receives a full-time salary as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at California State University, East Bay. She also serves as the faculty director for the Assistive Technology Lab in the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic.×
  • Nonfinancial: Jeffrey Edwards and Elena Dukhovny have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Jeffrey Edwards and Elena Dukhovny have no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Part 1
Article   |   August 07, 2017
Technology Training in Speech-Language Pathology: A Focus on Tablets and Apps
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2017, Vol. 2, 33-48. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.33
History: Received February 26, 2017 , Revised July 4, 2017 , Accepted July 7, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2017, Vol. 2, 33-48. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.33
History: Received February 26, 2017; Revised July 4, 2017; Accepted July 7, 2017

Use of tablet computers has become ubiquitous in speech-language pathology assessment and intervention. With hundreds of applications of variable quality available, clinical training programs have the added responsibility of teaching students systematic, critical-thought-driven approaches to technology selection and evaluation. The purpose of this article is two-pronged: (1) we describe a systematic approach to tablet/app implementation piloted within the Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at California State University, East Bay and, (2) we present the results of a survey that identifies current practices in app selection in other university clinics.

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