Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

The Efficacy of Telehealth-Delivered Speech and Language Intervention for Primary School-Age Children: A Systematic Review

Wales, D., Skinner, L., et al. (2017).
International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 9(1), 55-70.
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Indicators of Review Quality

  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • Yes Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • No Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details

Description

This is a systematic review of intervention studies investigating the effects of telehealth-delivered speech and language intervention in elementary students with speech and language disorders.

Questions/Aims Addressed

"This systematic review evaluated the present literature to determine if telehealth-delivered [speech-language pathology] SLP interventions are as effective as traditional in-person delivery for primary school-age children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 56).

Population

School-aged children, four to twelve years of age, with speech and/or language disorders

Intervention/Assessment

Speech and language interventions delivered via telehealth

Number of Studies Included

7

Years Included

Up to December 2016


Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Treatment

"The findings from the seven reviewed studies revealed that telehealth is a promising method for treating children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 63). Results are limited, however, due to the variable methodological quality and the predominant focus on speech sound intervention among the included studies.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

All included studies indicated high levels of participant satisfaction with telehealth-delivered speech and language interventions.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

Service Delivery

"The findings from the seven reviewed studies revealed that telehealth is a promising method for treating children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 63). Results are limited, however, due to the variable methodological quality and the predominant focus on speech sound intervention among the included studies.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

All included studies indicated high levels of participant satisfaction with telehealth-delivered speech and language interventions.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

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Treatment

"The findings from the seven reviewed studies revealed that telehealth is a promising method for treating children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 63). Results are limited, however, due to the variable methodological quality and the predominant focus on speech sound intervention among the included studies.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

All included studies indicated high levels of participant satisfaction with telehealth-delivered speech and language interventions.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

Service Delivery

"The findings from the seven reviewed studies revealed that telehealth is a promising method for treating children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 63). Results are limited, however, due to the variable methodological quality and the predominant focus on speech sound intervention among the included studies.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

All included studies indicated high levels of participant satisfaction with telehealth-delivered speech and language interventions.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

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Assessment

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

Treatment

"The findings from the seven reviewed studies revealed that telehealth is a promising method for treating children with speech and/or language difficulties" (p. 63). Results are limited, however, due to the variable methodological quality and the predominant focus on speech sound intervention among the included studies.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

"The conclusions found … on the effectiveness of telehealth-delivered intervention are dependent on the selected outcome measure. Outcomes for telehealth were more consistently positive when standardised assessments, such as the [Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition] GFTA-2, were used for the pre- and post-intervention testing" (p. 63).

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

All included studies indicated high levels of participant satisfaction with telehealth-delivered speech and language interventions.

Keywords: Format, Format (Group/Individual/Telepractice), Articulation/Phonological Disorder (Unknown Etiology), Speech Sound Disorders, Speech and Language Disorder, Spoken Language Disorders

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