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Presentation Type

Poster

Subjects

Patient education, Communication disorders -- Patients, Patient education -- Methodology, Internet in medicine -- Effectiveness, Medical telematics -- Applications to cerebral palsied children

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advisor

Brandon Eddy

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Previous studies have examined the barriers and benefits of tele-practice for families who have children who use AAC. In March 2020 many speech-language pathologists transitioned their clients to telepractice to provide speech-language services. The perspectives of families who transitioned to telepractice have not yet been studied which may reveal new barriers or benefits to this service modality. The purpose of this study was to examine parents’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to service delivery relating to their transition from in-person to telepractice sessions that occurred in the spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Parents of children aged between 5 and 18 with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy were recruited for this study. Their children used a speech generating device with scanning as their access method. Four families completed a survey via Qualtrics. The questions were open-ended to allow parents the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives. A thematic analysis was used to identify common barriers and facilitators to tele-practice for this population.

The analysis of survey responses is ongoing. The full results will be presented at the Portland State University Research Symposium. The outcomes from this investigation will provide details to inform speech-language pathologists of the benefits and barriers to telepractice to improve service delivery to this population.

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Parents’ and caregivers' perspectives on transition to telehealth during COVID-19: Barriers and facilitators for children with complex communication needs who use AAC.

Previous studies have examined the barriers and benefits of tele-practice for families who have children who use AAC. In March 2020 many speech-language pathologists transitioned their clients to telepractice to provide speech-language services. The perspectives of families who transitioned to telepractice have not yet been studied which may reveal new barriers or benefits to this service modality. The purpose of this study was to examine parents’ perspectives on barriers and facilitators to service delivery relating to their transition from in-person to telepractice sessions that occurred in the spring of 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Parents of children aged between 5 and 18 with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy were recruited for this study. Their children used a speech generating device with scanning as their access method. Four families completed a survey via Qualtrics. The questions were open-ended to allow parents the opportunity to share their experiences and perspectives. A thematic analysis was used to identify common barriers and facilitators to tele-practice for this population.

The analysis of survey responses is ongoing. The full results will be presented at the Portland State University Research Symposium. The outcomes from this investigation will provide details to inform speech-language pathologists of the benefits and barriers to telepractice to improve service delivery to this population.

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