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Course # 5499
Evaluating Science and Pseudoscience in Speech-Language Pathology

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 7, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

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

This course was recorded on July 17, 2012


Handouts are available for this course. You must be signed in and registered for this event to access them.

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

Average Rating

(201 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 92 most recent comments out of 201 reviews

Review by: Member on November 23, 2015
Relevant content
Review by: Member on November 22, 2015
Good, clear information but leaves me wanting for more specific advise on how to base my practice in science -- e.g. most efficient ways to find peer-reviewed journals, etc.
Review by: Member on November 20, 2015
Greg Lof
Review by: Member on November 19, 2015
Interesting topic, a dose of humor
Review by: Member on November 19, 2015
Instructor had a passion for his material. The material was presented clearly and was applicable to my practice
Review by: Member on November 17, 2015
The speaker jumped around a bit, but otherwise, the style was excellent. He made his points clearly and supported them well.
Review by: Member on November 9, 2015
Clear objectives. Information was presented in a way that was conducive to teaching the objectives.
Review by: Member on November 2, 2015
The instructor was knowledgeable and presented his information in a well organized manner. The test questions were a little tricky.
Review by: Member on October 28, 2015
Good presenter; organized.
Review by: Member on October 27, 2015
More SLPs need to value this information. It is appalling that some professionals continue to spread misinformation.
Review by: Member on October 20, 2015
Interesting and thought-provoking
Review by: Member on October 12, 2015
Speaker is clear and direct in his information, and presents with what appears to be a lack of bias.
Review by: Karen on October 11, 2015
Easy to listen to the presenter
Review by: Dawn on September 27, 2015
Presentation was ok but mostly a review
Review by: Charles on September 22, 2015
Excellent refresher from college course (16 years ago) based on research from a critical thinking/skeptical point of view and especially for new technology and apps not available previously which must be considered.
Review by: Lucinda on September 22, 2015
Makes you think!
Review by: Member on September 21, 2015
Review by: Marguerite on September 7, 2015
speaker knowledge
Review by: Carla on September 4, 2015
It is very relevant to each SLP, no matter what setting you work in.
Review by: Anne on August 20, 2015
Relevant course material, however, I feel that it was more on an introductory level (course was stated as intermediate). I wish that the speaker had focused more on specific practices that are not evidenced based. Good reminder that not all published material or material heard at conferences is evidenced based.
Review by: Member on August 20, 2015
Well planned and covered many aspects of the topic.
Review by: Sarah on July 2, 2015
A great reminder of EBP and also that therapy materials available may not be evidence based.
Review by: Callie on June 25, 2015
well put together
Review by: Rynette on June 9, 2015
I appreciated the explanation of EBP and SBP and the distinction between the two.
Review by: Penny on May 12, 2015
Brilliant cautions about so many techniques that we see out there today! I am more skeptical, for sure!
Review by: Debbie on May 12, 2015
Easy to follow, relevant slides
Review by: Lesa on March 20, 2015
Very refreshing and thought provoking
Review by: Danielle on December 21, 2014
Now I have the verbage to define several things I felt but was not quite sure how to state. Example: how the testimonials or case studies can be used instead of data, to sell a new product.
Review by: Jennifer on December 20, 2014
A very touchy but important subject in our field...refreshing to hear it presented so confidently.
Review by: Charity on December 7, 2014
well defined terms and strategies
Review by: Julia on November 19, 2014
The emphasis on distinguishing features between science and pseudoscience was helpful.
Review by: Emily on September 8, 2014
Clear and thoughtful presentation.
Review by: Lauren on February 13, 2014
The information was presented in an organized manner and explained well.
Review by: Melanie on December 28, 2013
Laid out suggestions for how to analyze therapies.
Review by: Sarah on December 24, 2013
Interesting too-rarely discussed topic
Review by: Bethany on December 24, 2013
I have enjoyed every SLP.com course that Gregory Lof has presented. As a young clinician, I believe the information in this course is some of the best professional advice I have ever come across. Some of the valuable information I took home with me today includes:-Often times well-meaning, intelligent, and open-minded people are swept up by case studies (which do not actually reperesent experimental evidence,)- Skeptics are not just cyncial. Skepticism represents a an approach; not a mindset.- Practice-based evidence enhances Evidence-based practice (which is itself limited by the available evidence)I viewed this course after it was recorded, but I wish I was able to view it live so I could have asked some questions. However, I think Dr. Lof recieved some insightful questions at the end of the presentation, definitely worth paying attention. Don't take my word for it, (because that would be pseudoscience!) but I think this was one of the most useful SLP.com courses I've taken.
Review by: Gwene on November 7, 2013
clearly presented with supporting material
Review by: Elizabeth on October 25, 2013
It was clear and to the point.
Review by: Kay on October 21, 2013
The emphasis on science-based practice instead of just evidence-based practice is very important for clinicians and university-based clinical supervisors and instructors.
Review by: Jenni on July 7, 2013
This will influence my critical thinking in future.
Review by: Nicole on June 29, 2013
Easy to follow and informative.
Review by: Crystal on June 26, 2013
The preseenter was very knowledgeable and material was presented in an easy to follow format.
Review by: Ellen on April 10, 2013
The presented provided real examples.
Review by: Jill on April 9, 2013
Review by: H. Joseph on January 31, 2013
I wish the presenter had spent more time explicating the distinctions between EBP and science based practice. What is the difference?It seems to me the answer to Q7 could just as well be option D as B.I am still not clear on what a clinician is to do if there is no peer reviewed study of a given technique.
Review by: SallyAnn on January 21, 2013
Vital information for every practicing SLP to have and every academic faculty member to share with students!
Review by: Ann on January 2, 2013
Good information necessary for any practicing clinician.
Review by: Dwight on December 21, 2012
It was a good review of what EBP is or should be.
Review by: Twila on December 19, 2012
This talk supported many of my own findings in recent years, that just if it is becoming popular in our field doesn't mean that it works. Vital Stim is a good example of a treatment option that is not supported by research evidence.
Review by: Marian on December 13, 2012
The organization; the powerpoint, the knowledge level of the presenter
Review by: BRIDGET on November 30, 2012
information and application of critical thinking skills
Review by: Robert on November 21, 2012
i liked that it was something different from what i'm used to on a day to day basis
Review by: Susan on October 29, 2012
Clearly stated, useful information.
Review by: Brian on October 25, 2012
It fills a vital place in the world of speech-language pathology. Unfortunately, many in this field are averse to the scientific method and empiricism in general. I often feel that logic is shunned for emotional decision making and subject to a variety of biases. It is important to remember that the scientific method may not "feel" perfect, but considering how readily our brains mold reality in order to try to make sense of the universe, it is by far the best way to check our own nature. I do wish a basic course in statistics or scientific logic were required for all SLP's.
Review by: Tiffany on October 23, 2012
enlightens participants on the dire need for science-based practice and the need for empiracal research.
Review by: Nathan Scott on October 13, 2012
The fact that it re-inforced my thinking all these years about so many things I have viewed skeptically.
Review by: Brian on October 12, 2012
Dr. Lof was incredibly thorough in what he covered in the time allotted. He was also able to distill some very complex topics down to their essentials and present them in an immediately comprehensible way.
Review by: Sue on September 22, 2012
Dr. Lof organized his presentation in such a way that one concept built naturally on another - he then explained these concepts in a clear, concise way.
Review by: Kelly on September 20, 2012
I think this Professor is excellent, I want to take more courses with him.
Review by: Tracy on September 17, 2012
Very clear info on how to be more skeptical and mke sure your practices are supported by research.
Review by: Lisa on September 12, 2012
Content was presented well to make me a more critical/skeptical clinician.
Review by: Janet on September 12, 2012
Great visuals. This course inspired me to evaluate my treatment practices and get them in alignment with evidence or prove them through my own science-based therapy.
Review by: mary jo on August 30, 2012
Dr. Lof was very thorough in his explanation of the material. He used relevant examples of Evidenced based treatments as well as areas in which non-evidence based treatments are used and promoted.
Review by: Jane on August 30, 2012
Helped to be reminded to consider beliefs and those we look up to as being experts can be wrong sometimes.
Review by: Bonnie on August 22, 2012
The handout was excellent and the course was well organized.
Review by: Anne on August 22, 2012
Thought provoking seminar on the importance of using peer-reviewed evidence to help shape our clinical practices. A good reminder that case studies and common practices do not constitute science. A distinction is made between EBP which considers Research, Client Values, and Clinical Experience and science-based practices which considers only science (peer reviewed scientific studies). The ability to be our own clinical scientist and gather practice-based evidence is also discussed.
Review by: Kathy on August 19, 2012
It challenged me.
Review by: Sarah on August 13, 2012
This type of course should be required in every graduate program. I hope that science-based thinking becomes more prevalent in our field.
Review by: Amy on August 13, 2012
Material was organized and clear.
Review by: julie on August 11, 2012
A good refresher to remember the basis of why we do what we do. It is easy in our everyday work to forget that we are scientist and have an obligation to practice under the scientific method.
Review by: Shannon on August 10, 2012
Interesting talk about the differences in EBP, SBP, pseudoscience and quackery. Good information to have when evaluating claims.
Review by: Sue on August 8, 2012
Reminds me to be a "clinical scientist"
Review by: marilyn on August 4, 2012
The presentation was clear and organized well
Review by: Ashley on August 2, 2012
The presenter broke down the different components and explained thoroughly why we need SBP and not pseudoscience.
Review by: Fiona on August 1, 2012
clear presentation
Review by: Bliss on August 1, 2012
useful and informative
Review by: Brittany on July 30, 2012
It was thought-provoking and challenging
Review by: Patricia on July 30, 2012
Engaging speaker knows how to teach, made important topic easily understandable, straightforward, good examples. If more universities had professors like him, I'd get my PhD.
Review by: Marie on July 30, 2012
Emphasis on clinical scientfic practices
Review by: Danielle on July 23, 2012
very clear cut and precise
Review by: Paula on July 23, 2012
excellent information about using scientific method to choose therapy tools and being skeptical of advertised treatments. well done.
Review by: Sarah on July 23, 2012
Very important concepts and suggestions for our profession. I would like to share this information with therapists from other disciplines that I work with (ex:OT) as we all should strive to implement therapy techniques that have real clinical usefulness.
Review by: Janet on July 23, 2012
It was relevant to situations I have experienced especially concerning per-packaged material and cure all therapies.
Review by: Lisa on July 21, 2012
very informative, lots of advice
Review by: Jacqueline on July 20, 2012
The slides were good. Organization was good and pace was appropriate.
Review by: Tariq on July 19, 2012
A thought provoking discussion that begs the SLP to examine why and how we have chosen the strategies and interventions that we utilize with our clients.
Review by: Ann-Therese on July 18, 2012
Greg Lof is an excellent speaker and his courses are always well organized and well supported by research.
Review by: Lauretta on July 18, 2012
It challenges me to rethink many accepted practices in my therapies, and to look for peer-reviewed articles on specific approaches or tools once I decide to try a new method/materials.
Review by: monica on July 18, 2012
Provided much needed 'food for thought' regarding the interventions we use with our clients.
Review by: Steven on July 18, 2012
It provided the foundation for objectively evaluating canned therapy approaches
Review by: Jill on July 17, 2012
It's always good to keep ourselves in check in our everyday work practices

Course Information

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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).

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

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 7, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit, where applicable.

Please Note: The exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the exam, and earn continuing education credit (where applicable), you must be a CEU Total Access member.

AG Bell - Listening and Spoken Language Credential

This course is offered for 1 hour(s) of CE Credit from the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For an explanation of content areas, please view pdf listing all 9 "domains."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

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

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: SpeechPathology.com is approved by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board as a Continuing Professional Development Provider, approval number PDP 268. This course may meet the requirements for 1 hours of continuing education credit for SLPs as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board. The responsibility for determining whether or not this specific course counts toward an individual's requirements for license renewal is up to the individual. Please refer to the CA state board rules regarding allowable topics and self-study limits: http://www.speechandhearing.ca.gov/licensees/ce_req.shtml. Live webinars on SpeechPathology.com do not count as self-study courses toward California professional development requirements.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with SpeechPathology.com. One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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