Over the past decade, the evolution of distance learning techlogy and widespread availability of affordable, high-quality video conferencing solutions has allowed for the growth of telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology. Increasingly, practitioners are developing telepractice programs to provide family-centered early intervention services, speech and language therapy to children in public schools, and rehabilitation to adults recovering from aphasia as well as those with speech and swallowing disorders. Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology provides practical information to speech-language pathologists to facilitate in implementing a successful telepractice program. It presents the techlogical requirements, current applications in speech-language pathology, policy and regulatory issues, future directions and trends, and international perspectives on telepractice. The book also addresses the use of distance learning techlogy to provide supervision and mentoring to pre-service and in-service professionals. Both practitioners currently in the field and graduate students in speech-language pathology will find this to be an invaluable text.
Dr. K. Todd Houston is an Associate Professor in the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron where he teaches courses related to aural habilitation/Auditory-Verbal Therapy, childhood language development and disorders, phonology, phonetics, and professional practices. His areas of research include spoken language acquisition in children with hearing loss, auditory and visual perception of spoken language, parent engagement in the intervention process, the parenting role of fathers for children with hearing loss, the use of social media, and telepractice/teleintervention as a service delivery model. Dr. Houston continues to write extensively on these topics and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, editorials, and clinical white papers. As a passionate teacher and lecturer, Dr. Houston is also committed to preparing and mentoring professionals to serve children with hearing loss and their families, especially those who have chosen listening and spoken language as the desired outcomes.