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.
- 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
|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|
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