LinKS: Preparing Graduate Students in Telepractice Rural school districts report high rates of job openings for speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Telepractice is a viable service delivery model for addressing personnel shortages in rural schools. Yet, SLPs are graduating with minimal training in this technology-driven service delivery model. In response to the lack of personnel preparation, Linking Kids ... Article
Article  |   September 29, 2017
LinKS: Preparing Graduate Students in Telepractice
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • J. Joneen Lowman
    Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Sciences University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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  • Financial: The Linking Kids to Speech-Language Pathologist grant subsidizes a portion of the author's salary.
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  • Nonfinancial: J. Joneen Lowman has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: J. Joneen Lowman has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Part 2
Article   |   September 29, 2017
LinKS: Preparing Graduate Students in Telepractice
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 49-54. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG18.49
History: Received April 18, 2017 , Revised June 21, 2017 , Accepted June 22, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 49-54. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG18.49
History: Received April 18, 2017; Revised June 21, 2017; Accepted June 22, 2017

Rural school districts report high rates of job openings for speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Telepractice is a viable service delivery model for addressing personnel shortages in rural schools. Yet, SLPs are graduating with minimal training in this technology-driven service delivery model. In response to the lack of personnel preparation, Linking Kids to the Speech-Language Pathologists (LinKS) program was developed. LinKS trains eight graduate students a year to use telepractice within the context of the school setting. Participating graduate students complete two didactic courses, two telepractice experiences, and one externship in a rural school setting in addition to the requirements of an accredited master's program in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). In Year 1 of LinKS, program completers collectively accrued 180 hours of experience using telepractice including delivery of speech-language services to children presenting with a variety of communication disorders located in the home and school environment. A digital library housing therapy plans and materials is described. Recommendations for CSD programs seeking to develop a similar model are provided.

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