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Evaluating Science and Pseudoscience in Speech-Language Pathology

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Because there are many questionable therapeutic techniques that people purport are effective, clinicians need a way to evaluate which approaches are based on science and which are not. Topics to be addressed will be defining pseudoscience and quackery/weird science, how to use “baloney detectors” when evaluating techniques, and how to be appropriately skeptical of all claims made.

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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to list 5 ways to not be “quacked” in selecting a therapeutic technique.
  • After this course, participants will be able to define pseudoscience, quackery and skepticism.
  • After this course, participants will be able to explain how to differentiate if a proposed approach is based on science or pseudoscience.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction and Overview
5-55 Minutes Definition of term, Evidence based practice, Skepticism, Baloney detection
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A

Course Presenter

gregory l lof

Gregory L. Lof, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Gregory L. Lof, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a graduate school founded by the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

His research, teaching and clinical interests primarily are with children who have speech sound disorders. Dr. Lof was the 2004 and 2009 topic coordinator for speech sound disorders for the ASHA conventions and has served on the 1995, 1998, 2002, 2007 and 2008 ASHA Convention Program Committees. He was a member on ASHA’s Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Disorders that conducted evidence-based systematic reviews of oral motor exercises.  He is also on the communications committee of the Council on Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.  Dr. Lof was recently elected to a three year term to be the Massachusetts representative on the ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Board.

Dr. Lof has published numerous articles, primarily on childhood speech sound disorders. He has presented over 40 peer-reviewed and 36 invited presentations/workshops at ASHA conventions, universities, school districts, and state and international association conventions.  He was recently the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Speech Pathology Australia (2010) and the Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome international conference (2011).


Presenter Disclosure: This presenter has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)


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