We recently came across another article on the OMNIE Speech Therapy Telepractice Research study from ADVANCE For Speech-Language Pathologists.
"Affordable solution for districts facing shortages
By Alyssa Banotai
Speech-language pathologists at Kent State University, in Kent, OH, are working to prevent a profession-wide shortage from affecting students in rural schools by testing a telepractice program for speech and language therapy.
The pilot program is a small part of the Ohio Masters Network Initiatives in Education (OMNIE), a professional development initiative for speech-language pathologists in the state sponsored by the Ohio State Department of Education, which is funding the teletherapy research. "This is the first project that's been supported at the state level and where there's been research on outcome," said Robin Alvares, PhD, CCC-SLP, project coordinator for the OMNIE Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology Project at the Kent State School of Speech Pathology & Audiology.
The project came to Kent State by way of Susan Grogan-Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP, director for the telepractice initiative and an assistant professor at the university. As a member of the OMNIE task force, she met with the state Department of Education to discuss issues pertaining to the statewide shortage. Having heard about telepractice programs used by private contractors in other states, she mentioned it as a possible alternative. The committee enthusiastically accepted the idea, particularly Ohio Department of Education superintendent Lou Staffilino...."
You can read the entire article here
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Therapy Services
TinyEYE Therapy Services