Using Speech Therapy Telepractice to Improve Treatment of Students with Communication Disorders

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Education
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$75,000.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
H133S100048
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Presence TeleCare, LLC
480 2nd Street Number 303, San Fransisco, CA, 94123
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
999999999
Principal Investigator:
Melissa Jakubowitz
() -
info@jassociates.com
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract

This project creates a service allowing speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to provide effective therapy services remotely via “telepractice,” using a web platform combining video conferencing technology with integrated therapy curriculum and practice management tools. Phase 1 evaluates whether schools may be able to improve their SLP services with telepractice by increasing therapy intensity, that is, concentration and amount of treatment. Researchers have suggested that language intervention in school SLP programs should be more intensive. However, increased intensity is challenging to implement in a traditional in-person therapy model. Telepractice removes many of the practical obstacles to implementation. This study compares progress between students who receive a 5-week concentrated schedule of treatment via telepractice to students who receive a 12-week schedule of in-person therapy.

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