Thursday, May 4, 2017

Supporting Evidence-Based Practice with Technology

What is EBP?

In the world of Speech and Language Pathology, evidence-based practice (EBP) has become a norm for many professionals. EBP encompasses using the best, research-proven assessments and treatments in the day-to-day client care and service delivery. As stated on the ASHA website

The goal of EBP is the integration of: (a) clinical expertise/expert opinion, (b) external scientific evidence, and (c) client/patient/caregiver perspectives to provide high-quality services reflecting the interests, values, needs, and choices of the individuals we serve. Conceptually, the trilateral principles forming the bases for EBP can be represented through a simple figure:

How can EBP be supported with technology?

Below is a list of iPad apps that support evidence based practice for both speech language pathology and autism spectrum disorders. The list of apps featured below, created by Speech Therapy for Autism, represents some of the apps currently available.  In the rapidly changing field of technology, the list continues to shift and expand daily. As with any tool being implemented, it is always important to keep in mind that every student is unique with their own individual needs, preferences and characteristics. Educators should take these factors into considering when selecting the apps they feel are most suitable to address their students' needs.

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