Topic Areas: Telepractice

Topic Chairs: Joneen Lowman and Chad Gladden

Content Area: General Interest

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on all aspects of telepractice as a model of service delivery for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in a variety of settings: schools, medical centers, rehabilitation hospitals, community health centers, outpatient clinics, universities, clients’/patients’ homes, residential health care facilities (including private practice), childcare centers, and corporate settings. The use of technology to provide services either via telepractice or in-person across the disciplines and work settings are included in this topic (e.g., the use of applications for the provision of services and/or data collection, virtual reality, augmented reality). Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to telepractice should also be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to telepractice with outcomes at the system level

Professional Education

  • Telepractice service delivery types and models
  • Licensure, ethical, legal, security, and privacy issues related to telepractice
  • Issues related to reimbursement for services delivered via telepractice
  • Issues related to identifying, understanding, selecting, applying, and managing technology including equipment, hardware, and software used to deliver services via telepractice
  • Issues related to the identification and selection of clients to receive assessment and intervention services via telepractice
  • Cultural and linguistic variables related to technology and telepractice affecting identification, assessment, and treatment
  • Identification and selection of assessments and interventions appropriate for use with telepractice
  • Training and use of support personnel in delivering services via telepractice
  • Interprofessional issues in delivering services via telepractice
  • Evaluating effectiveness, outcomes or cost/benefit of services delivered via telepractice
  • Ethical considerations related to service delivery in telepractice

Related Topics

Proposals involving technology but primarily focused on:

  • Use of AAC technology, devices, and applications should be submitted to the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) topic area.
  • Technology use related to models of teaching and learning in higher education should be submitted to the Models of Academic and Clinical Education topic area.
  • Technology use related to models of supervision and precepting should be submitted to the Supervision and Precepting topic area.

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