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Designing and Refining Effective School-Based Telepractice (PD102605)

Presenter(s): Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference explores best practices for delivering telepractice within the educational model. Using the evidence-based practice triangle of clinical expertise, evidence, and student-caregiver perspectives as a guide, the presenter discusses issues to consider before, during, and after a tele-encounter. The presenter explains cognitive load theory and computer-mediated communication and their application to digital evaluation and treatment. The session also includes methods and strategies for selecting and designing digital and nondigital assessment and treatment materials.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Use the tenets of cognitive load theory to critically appraise and create digital resources 
  • Develop an assessment plan for use with telepractice that reflects best clinical practices blended with cognitive load theory and communication practices 
  • Develop a treatment plan for use with telepractice that reflects best clinical practices blended with cognitive load theory and computer-mediated communication


  • Designing and delivering assessment
  • Designing and delivering treatment
    • Cognitive load theory
    • Digital materials
  • Conclusions

Presenter Information

Joneen Lowman, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Kentucky. She is Project Director for LinKS, a Department of Education grant to train graduate CSD students in the use of telepractice with the school-age population and the Director of the Center for Telehealth Education, Research and Outreach including the interprofessional telehealth graduate certificate. She has 8 years of clinical experience in pediatric and adult telehealth speech-language services delivered to clients in the contexts of the school, home, and correctional facility. She is co-PI on an NIH/NIDCD RO1 grant investigating effectiveness outcomes of behavioral parent training for families with deaf and hard of hearing children, including the use of telehealth during the pandemic. Her teaching, research, and publications focus on the use of technology for treating childhood language disorders, telehealth readiness, and telepresenter preparation. She is Coordinator for ASHA SIG 18 (Telepractice) and co-Chair of the Telepractice Topic Committee for the 2021 ASHA Convention. She has worked professionally in the schools as a special education teacher and speech-language pathologist.

Financial Disclosures:

  • University of Kentucky, employee, salary and grant support
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA SIG 18 (Telepractice) Coordinator
  • 2021 ASHA Convention Telepractice Topic Co-Chair

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: July 14-26, 2021
End date: April 4, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102605
Available Through: April 04, 2028