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Course # 5506
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 20, 2012


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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

Average Rating

(113 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 43 most recent comments out of 113 reviews

Review by: Member on August 13, 2015
The message. And, of course, a great presenter.
Review by: Joy on August 10, 2015
It was a good reminder that we are scientists and are responsible for the methodologies we use with clients.
Review by: Mary on June 14, 2015
The topi was very interesting. I learned more than I expected to. The instructor provided useful references for further review.
Review by: Mary on June 13, 2015
The presenter was very knoweldgable about the topic and is it good to take time to reflect upon therapy practices.
Review by: Kelly on May 26, 2015
Review by: Fran on March 12, 2015
Makes you think about what you are doing in therapy.
Review by: Norma on December 2, 2014
Interesting topic.
Review by: Rachael on October 19, 2014
clear definition of the terms. Will now be certain to approach therapy and treatment plans being more of a clinical scientist. Also made me realize the skeptic is not a bad thing- need to do more especially when programs are promoted by various employers.
Review by: Valerio on September 16, 2014
This was a very thought provoking presentation as stated by one of the attendees. I'm glad the presenter made it clear that skepticism is a good thing and helps all sciences; normally it is thought of as an individual always going against the flow, but I think the point that was made here was that skepticism actually enhances any science rather than diminish a science.
Review by: Delores on August 12, 2014
Provided a lot of good information differentiating pseudoscience from science - which can be taken into account when e.g. selecting therapy materials, reading about and considering new methods of therapy, etc.that are introduced.
Review by: Jaden on December 30, 2013
A good reminder of how we should approach new therapy techniques.
Review by: Alberto on December 22, 2013
Provide guidelines for questioning the pseudoscience in our field.
Review by: Cory on October 28, 2013
Helpful reminder to practice healthy skepticism in practice and in adopting new/alternative treatment methods.
Review by: James on October 19, 2013
Topic of pseudoscience is a good one. A reminder not to waste TX time with our clients.
Review by: Corina on October 14, 2013
The material was well presented and very understandable.
Review by: Susan on September 26, 2013
I liked the course and felt that it was well constructed. I did believe that anyone with experience with the peer review process would have included the observation that not all peers are equal, so skepticism is required even of a peer reviewed article.Additionally, the answer to number 3 is not clear. It is, of course, confirmation bias, but it was presented as a part of pseudoscience. I think a better question could have been constructed.
Review by: Stacy on June 23, 2013
The topic was presented in a logical fashion and provided a well needed reminder for clinicians who practice using a variety of techniques which may or may not be scientifically supported.
Review by: Kelly on June 19, 2013
Introduction of a new idea to me (science based evidence as a compliment to evidence based practiced). Thus far, I've only learned of the positives of EBP, not the pitfalls.
Review by: Laura on May 17, 2013
The information could be applied to all walks of therapies and it is very pertinent.
Review by: Ella on February 18, 2013
clear and conise. articulate
Review by: Barbara on January 30, 2013
The presenter gave sound ideas about how to avoid being quacked. Good ideas to remember.
Review by: Crystal on January 28, 2013
It seemed as if there were slides that were provided with the original podcast that did not come with the course I participated in. There were 3 downloads of the same outline, which made me feel as if there were other downloads that I missed out on.
Review by: Sally on January 16, 2013
Sensible explanations that don't discourage us .... There is a lack of EBP in the field but the path to more rigor and clarity is laid out. Dear ASHA, Please let our bosses know that we need time to try single subject design(planning and analyzing are labor intensive).
Review by: Catherine on December 30, 2012
the clarity in the presentation of the issues and variables involved and importance of the topic, alsothe clarity in the presentation and the ease of listening to the speaker's manner of presentation.very easy and engaging to listen to!
Review by: Shannon on December 24, 2012
I enjoyed how the presenter peppered the presentation points with stories from everyday clinical life and treatment movements from within our field.
Review by: Brian on December 22, 2012
Well organized presentation
Review by: melissa on December 17, 2012
very organized and clear
Review by: Mickaylla on December 6, 2012
Review by: nick on December 5, 2012
Interesting topic. Well presented
Review by: Anne on November 21, 2012
We all need to be careful of claims that are just for making money
Review by: Jane on November 17, 2012
clear & concise
Review by: Patricia on November 12, 2012
Lots of good reminders to be more analytical when looking at ways to treat and use materials that are available.
Review by: Stacey on November 10, 2012
I just think the presenter was cheerful, organized, straightforward, and thorough.
Review by: Rebecca on November 9, 2012
Good presentation and content
Review by: Danette on November 2, 2012
It brought attention to the fact that we must be diligent in anlyzing new treatment strategies.
Review by: Sarah on October 21, 2012
Good reminder to be skeptical about all the catalogs and popular press that try to influence us to buy materials and use them for purported purposes not necessarily supported by objective evidence.
Review by: Ruth on October 17, 2012
Dr. Lof takes on some questionable practices in a kind, but thorough way.
Review by: Albert on October 9, 2012
Well organized.
Review by: Christina on September 24, 2012
good reminder about using good judgement during therapy
Review by: Joan on September 21, 2012
His enthusiasm and his continual reminders of the quackery present in our field (i.e. facilitated communication, NSOME). With 85% of SLPs still using NSOME, I think we all need to continue to receive reminders about quackery.
Review by: Cindy on September 2, 2012
Very practical look at how to evaluate practice and materials
Review by: Kimberly on August 7, 2012
Dr. Lof is very knowledgeable in this area and presents the information in a well-organized manner.
Review by: Karen on July 31, 2012
Good guidance for selecting strategies and materials.

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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