Mobile Applications and iPad use as therapy materials for graduate clinical training in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Professional Bio:

Julie Shuler

Julie joined the Department of Communicative Disorders in 1994. She is currently the clinic director for the Truesdail Center for Communicative Disorders. Areas of interest include adult neurogenics, voice disorders, adult and pediatric traumatic brain injury and AAC. Primary responsibilities for the department include clinical teaching in the area of assessment and intervention.


Project Summary:


Project Description: This project proposes to develop an improved system for IPad use, storage and application selection for clinical training and practicum in the Truesdail Center. Upon completion, the project will benefit graduate student clinical training in the area of service delivery through use of IPads and diagnosis specific applications. It will benefit Truesdail Center clients who participate in intervention programs as they will have access to the applications within their sessions. Lastly, the Department of CDIS Clinical Supervisors will gain access to IPads for documentation use during real-time clinical supervision within the Truesdail Center.

The use of IPads by clinical supervisors as a way to document feedback for graduate clinical supervisors has been discussed within the CDIS department. Currently most supervisor utilize paper and pen on forms that have been printed on NCR paper. Two of nine clinical supervisors utilize an IPad or laptop for providing electronic feedback that is then emailed to the graduate clinician at the completion of the session. Clinical supervisors need to record their percentage of supervision completed per graduate clinician in order to meet the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) accreditation supervision requirement. The requirement is for real-time, in person supervision with a percentage specified for treatment versus evaluation sessions. This project would investigate the use of Microsoft 360 One Note on an IPad as a system for documenting supervision and providing student feedback.