Telepractice Perspectives From Today and Tomorrow: Students, Clinicians, and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The three articles in this SIG 18 activity were selected to provide information on the
present and future of telepractice service delivery from the perspectives of current
speech-language pathologists and graduate student clinicians.
The first article by Page, Hughes, and Woody investigates the initial perceptions
of graduate student clinicians following the implementation of telepractice. Findings
reveal themes including comparisons between in-person services and telepractice
regarding learning technology, managing environmental distractions at home, and
The second article by Douglass, Lowman, and Causey-Upton provides a meta-analysis study on clinicians’ perceptions of telehealth across disciplines within
rehabilitation and other allied health fields. Several themes are identified, including
acceptance, lack of telehealth training, and the flexibility of telehealth.
The third article by Edwards-Gaither, Harris, and Perry presents a viewpoint for
the future of telepractice in speech-language pathology. Challenges and opportunities
for the longevity of telepractice service delivery are discussed, including consensus on
telepractice terminology, designating a service delivery model, and exploring telepractice
will be able to:
- describe the steps in training student clinicians on telepractice in an
- list five ways to support clinician acceptance of telepractice
- summarize the proposed future directions of telepractice beyond the
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and
report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.
Articles in This
- Student Clinicians' Views of Telepractice and In-Person Service Delivery by
Christen Guffey Page, Charles Hughes and Rachel Woody, published in SIG 18, Volume 7, Issue 6, December 14, 2022
- Clinician Perspectives of Telehealth Pre–COVID-19: A Systematic Review and
Qualitative Metasynthesis by Hannah Douglass, Joneen Lowman and
Renee Causey-Upton, published in SIG 18, Volume 8, Issue 2, April 5, 2023
- Viewpoint Telepractice 2025: Exploring Telepractice Service Delivery During COVID-19
and Beyond by Lesley Edwards-Gaither, Ovetta Harris and Valencia Perry, published in SIG 18, Volume 8, Issue 2, April 5, 2023