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Course # 5058
Selecting Apps for Therapy: A tutorial for SLPs on using an EBP model to assist with choosing intervention tools

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CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, Domain 6, Domain 7, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Related; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Smartphone and Tablet applications (apps) for speech-language therapy should be viewed within the context of evidence-based practice, just like any other intervention tool on the market. In today’s world, the demand for technological skills and competencies increases for students with special needs and professionals who work with them. With a growing number of apps available, it can be a daunting task to determine which ones to select for therapy. Often, the descriptions of the apps by the developer and the reviews provided by customers on the app store sites are lacking vital information. This could lead to SLPs relying on opinions, testimonies, and advertisements to make decisions. This course provides a tutorial on how to use 5 steps based upon EBP to select an app for therapy. (**Please note: there is approximately one minute of static that occurs at 47:50 of the recording.**)
Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

This course was recorded on August 12, 2011


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 define the 4 meanings of “Apps for Therapy” as it relates to this tutorial.
  • After this course, participants will be able to frame a research question based on PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcome.
  • After this course, participants will be able to list 3 search strategies for research related to the question (sources, time limit, and narrow/wide criteria).
  • After this course, participants will be able to list 3 issues to consider when critically evaluating the evidence (1. Quality & credibility; 2. Usefulness; and 3. Evidence ranges from low to high).
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify 3 issues to consider when making a decision that integrates the evidence with clinical expertise and patient/client values

Time-ordered Agenda

0-5 Minutes Introduction of speakers; how and why we decided to collaborate
5-15 Minutes Definitions, brief history and trends with smartphones, tablets, mp3 players and apps
15-20 Minutes Concerns about the uses of apps in therapy
20-30 Minutes Overview of EBP and myths surrounding EBP
30-35 Minutes Viewing Apps within the Context of Evidence-Based Practice
35-55 Minutes How to use EBP as a guideline for selecting apps in therapy: The 5 step process
55-60 Minutes Conclusion and Questions

Average Rating

(410 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 410 reviews

Review by: Lisa on April 24, 2015
These presenters were able to present the information clearly and completely.
Review by: rose on April 7, 2015
Presented relevant information. I would like to see some comparison to other therapy techniques for teaching.It was a little overwhelming to think of all the potential pico questions a school clinician could produce just to seek information on apps.
Review by: Logan on March 24, 2015
I now understand how to best select apps for use during speech sessions!
Review by: Allyn A. on March 5, 2015
Thorough discussion of the use of apps in clinical applications.
Review by: samantha on February 24, 2015
the information was presented in an organized manner
Review by: Kara on February 24, 2015
I loved that the seminar focused on EBP on such a board rarely explored topic.
Review by: Theresa on February 21, 2015
Well organized and gave lots of practical info
Review by: Marie on February 19, 2015
Specific examples of pico.Targeted questions to aid in comprehension.
Review by: Bethany on February 10, 2015
Very applicable in today's therapy world of using apps and needing to provide evidence for using them
Review by: Sarah on February 3, 2015
Great information, well organized, and well presented
Review by: Teri on February 2, 2015
Very specific suggestions on evaluation.
Review by: Natalie on January 22, 2015
Very clearly organized, handouts were clear and contained information that I will refer to in the future
Review by: Tanis on December 30, 2014
Content was good, too much info on each slide. Some text is too small to read when printed out.
Review by: Jennifer on December 16, 2014
The presenters gave good resources and examples.
Review by: Lori on November 17, 2014
They gave good resources and examples.
Review by: Melissa on November 10, 2014
I honestly learned MORE from the handouts and writing information down because they had which questions would be on the exam...it was really nice!
Review by: Cynthia on October 29, 2014
Lots of good information on EBP criteria
Review by: Joyce on October 29, 2014
Organized, very clear presentation, slides easy to follow, test questions relevant and clear.
Review by: Teresa on October 25, 2014
The content was applicable to my work as an SLP. The presentation could have been better, perhaps not having to say, "Advance the slide."
Review by: Chris on September 25, 2014
helped me explain how what I'm doing is EBP and good sugestions for using research
Review by: Jill on September 22, 2014
I felt the presenters were very concrete, thorough and detailed in their discussion of apps.
Review by: Deanna on August 28, 2014
Presenters experiences were shown and shared well.
Review by: Jennifer on August 14, 2014
Provide specific examples that are EBP
Review by: Jacqueline on June 18, 2014
It suggested ways to evaluate any app rather than recommending specific apps.
Review by: Benjamin on April 28, 2014
I would have like a deeper analysis on ways to incorporate the iPad into various setting in sessions. Perhaps random diagnosis with potential ideas or styles of use in a session. I suppose that is more up to me for researching but it would be an interesting topic for a future presentation.
Review by: Gregory on April 7, 2014
The methodical EPB approach to selecting optimal apps for my clients.
Review by: Amanda on January 27, 2014
The presenters were knowledgeable, and the information was presented in a structured manner.
Review by: Constance on January 22, 2014
good pace, well organized, to the point, relevant examples, helpful tips for searching for research to support ebp
Review by: Tana on January 15, 2014
Great new topic. I will definitely use the PICO method when sifting through possible tx apps.
Review by: Patricia on December 31, 2013
The presenters incorporated examples of clinical questions utilizing PICO that were very instructive. They included frequent citations, not the least of which was Kuuttik (1996) to reinforce the need for human interactions with technology for appropriate learning. The visuals (EBP triangles, conversation bubbles) created lasting visual impressions.
Review by: Marianne on December 27, 2013
These specific presenters present in such an organized manner, with very clear and focused slides that they make any topic seem accessible.
Review by: Kristine on December 13, 2013
The presenters were very organized and shared useful information. I will use the PICO format. I appreciate the fact that they pointed out where the test questions were so I could relax and enjoy the lesson.
Review by: ANNA on August 27, 2013
I have been considering uses apps with some of my students so the information was useful.
Review by: Chaya on August 22, 2013
The topic is current and there is not a lot of information about it. I was happy to find this course on speechpathology.com.
Review by: Marina on July 22, 2013
Very organized and thorough explanations
Review by: Judy on June 16, 2013
It gave me a lot of good information in terms that I could understand easily.
Review by: Linda on March 28, 2013
This course offered relevant information and it was well organized.
Review by: Coleen on February 21, 2013
The emphasis on knowing how to evaluate Apps; the fact that they didn't give a "list" of Apps, even though people asked- pointed them in direction of evaluating Apps for the particular question.
Review by: Karen on February 17, 2013
I can see value in how they approached the task
Review by: H. Joseph on January 23, 2013
Material is systematically and thoroughly presented.
Review by: JANICE on January 17, 2013
Good background info. I now have a framework/game plan when searching for an appropriate app/feature.
Review by: Anousith on December 30, 2012
Excellent methods for choosing evidence-based apps!
Review by: karen on December 29, 2012
It gives a concrete framework for app analysis which is very concise
Review by: Amy on December 28, 2012
The second half with specific examples of how to apply the PICO model to evaluating apps.
Review by: Stephanie on December 27, 2012
Rather than provide a list of apps. that the authors (or some other group) have found helpful, the authors provided me with tools to make my own decisions based on specific needs.
Review by: Marian on December 14, 2012
The attention to detail in the content and presentation; the sequencing of the material made it easy to follow. Loved the Qs on the answer slides. I was able to keep my mind on what was being presented rather than searching for the answers.
Review by: Judy on December 12, 2012
The information was not subjective but provided a guide to more objective analysis of the search for apps.
Review by: Victoria on November 17, 2012
It was very well organized and presented in a format that was easily understood.
Review by: Denise on November 17, 2012
Including evidence based information to form opinions of apps. This is not something I had considered doing in the past.
Review by: Ann Grace on November 3, 2012
It was so practical and gave me the information I needed to select appropriate apps.
Review by: Marcine on November 1, 2012
It was well organized, informative and a good rate of presentation.
Review by: Marilyn on October 22, 2012
Interesting topic and gives us much to think about,
Review by: Katherine on October 18, 2012
For me, this was a totally new way of looking at apps. I will make better decisions based on the information presented.
Review by: Sandy on October 9, 2012
It guided me in how ask the questions to find the apps that I need to target the skills I want address in my therapy sessions.
Review by: Stephan on October 4, 2012
It was really helpful to have examples of how to do incorporate ESB---really useful for all of us!
Review by: Veronica on September 2, 2012
I know most people want the apps handed to them but really this is a great framework for critical decision making in therapy.
Review by: Isabelle on August 30, 2012
I took the other course they gave first so some of the information at the beginning was the same. I enjoyed the examples and the examples.
Review by: Barbara on July 29, 2012
Instruction on how to use of a PICO format as a guide when evaluating the usefulness of a particular app as a therapy tool
Review by: Kimberly on July 13, 2012
VERY applicable to the EI families I work w/.
Review by: Yolanda on June 25, 2012
Practical and useful information that i can apply to my therapy right away.
Review by: Jeanne on June 25, 2012
The information was extremely valuable.
Review by: Vanessa on June 21, 2012
I am excited to learn the strategies and ways to evaluate apps and I look forward to more research and information to help make appropriate decisions for our clients.
Review by: Amber on June 12, 2012
Very current, relevant, and applicable information.
Review by: Cynthia on May 14, 2012
Timeliness of information given the overwhelming number of SLP apps.
Review by: Angela on April 4, 2012
Timely topic but not a lot of information presented.
Review by: Becky on March 25, 2012
I am glad to learn of this helpful method for choosing more appropriate apps for therapy.
Review by: Ashley on March 23, 2012
Interesting info, but would have liked specific app examples that were beneficial
Review by: Ronda on March 22, 2012
Great handouts - very well organized with useful information
Review by: daniel on March 1, 2012
Very well organized, but some what redundant when you listen to both courses. Could easily be combined.
Review by: Stephanie on February 20, 2012
They shared the limitations of some apps and things to consider when looking at apps.
Review by: Tori on February 13, 2012
This course provides great information, especially with the growing technology provided by smartphones and tablets.
Review by: Lynne on January 22, 2012
Very clear and organized and it gave you the tools to review apps.
Review by: Heidi on January 17, 2012
Easy to understand and the information was organized.
Review by: Charlotte on January 13, 2012
How to incorporate EBP model into the app selection process.
Review by: Krista on January 3, 2012
organized, , multiple speakers, anecdotes, practical/useful information
Review by: Cynthia on December 29, 2011
Extremely informative for those of us new to utilizing apps with children to augment therapy.

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Course Presenters

lara l wakefield

Lara L. Wakefield, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Lara Wakefield, CCC-SLP, has 18 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist. She has researched the roles of the Speech-Language Pathologists and teachers in collaborative settings related to language and literacy for 14 years in several grant -funded projects. She has been a special education advocate for families of children with special needs for the past 5 years, focusing on improving the IEP process for parents. She has presented at state and national meetings for over15 years on these topics.  Dr. Wakefield has worked in a variety of settings: rehabilitation, home health, schools, and universities. She is now in private practice as a Speech-Language Pathologist and Parent Advocate at Wakefield Consultation Services, LLC.

theresa schaber

Theresa Schaber, M.A., CCC-SLP

Ms. Theresa Schaber, MS, CCC-SLP, has 15 years of experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist .  She has worked in various rehabilitation, SNF settings, and early childhood intervention.  For the past 3 years, she has been researching therapy apps in the context of evidence-based practice principles. She works PRN and as a CF supervisor for a post-acute rehabilitation facility.

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

Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: AG Bell - LSLS/1.0 Domain 3, Domain 6, Domain 7, CE-SPC-13-065; ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Related; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

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AG Bell - Listening and Spoken Language Credential

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

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

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

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