New Special Interest Group for Telepractice ASHA members have a new special interest group (SIG) dedicated to telepractice. In October 2010, the Board approved the creation of Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice. Although it may appear that its one-year gestational period was relatively short, in reality the birth of ASHA’s newest SIG was predicated on the ... ASHA News
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New Special Interest Group for Telepractice
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  • Ellen R. Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Communication Disorders and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is co-investigator on the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    Ellen R. Cohn, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a member of the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Communication Disorders and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is co-investigator on the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research×
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ASHA News   |   March 01, 2011
New Special Interest Group for Telepractice
The ASHA Leader, March 2011, Vol. 16, 22. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.16032011.22
The ASHA Leader, March 2011, Vol. 16, 22. doi:10.1044/leader.AN1.16032011.22
ASHA members have a new special interest group (SIG) dedicated to telepractice.
In October 2010, the Board approved the creation of Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice. Although it may appear that its one-year gestational period was relatively short, in reality the birth of ASHA’s newest SIG was predicated on the cumulative prior efforts of hundreds of ASHA members who served on committees, gave scholarly presentations, wrote for publications, and signed the requisite application petition.
Telepractice (providing speech-language and audiology services remotely) enables professionals to deliver services to underserved persons in many locations, including homes, communities, schools, health facilities, work settings, sequestered communities (e.g., prisons), rural areas, and remote environments. Moreover, telepractice is closely aligned with ASHA’s vision: “to make effective communication, a human right, accessible and achievable for all.”
ASHA has long demonstrated pioneering leadership in telepractice. For more than a decade, recognizing the potential of remote service delivery, ASHA has produced position statements, knowledge and skills documents, and technical reports that inform telepractice in speech-language pathology and audiology. In 2008, the ASHA Board designated an ad hoc committee on speech-language pathology telepractice to develop a professional issues statement.
The ASHA website and The ASHA Leader have featured content about telepractice reimbursement, licensure, school-based practice, and other issues.
Telepractice as a distinct locus of interest also is confirmed by the creation of telerehabilitation divisions in well-established multi-disciplinary organizations such as the American Telemedicine Association.
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research has funded three consecutive four-year rehabilitation engineering research centers on telerehabilitation. Increasing numbers of state professional licensure acts are including telepractie language.
The SIG’s immediate goal is to produce stellar continuing education in telepractice for the ASHA membership, beginning with the fall 2011 issue of Perspectives and a short course and panel presentation at the 2011 ASHA convention.
SIG 18 Steering Committee members include Ellen Cohn, chair; Karen Golding-Kushner, associate chair; Michael Campbell, Continuing Education Committee chair; Diana Christiana; and Mark Krumm. Lyn Tindall will serve as Editorial Board chair and editor of Perspectives .
In the span of a few short months, SIG 18 has grown to include more than 150 affiliate members. Please accept this invitation to join us. For more information on the telepractice SIG, including how to join, visit SIG 18’s webpage.
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