Supporting children with speech sound disorders during COVID-19 restrictions: Technological solutions

Sharynne McLeod, Kirrie J. Ballard, Beena Ahmed, Nicole McGill, Michelle Brown

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“Children are the hidden victims of the COVID-19 pandemic” (United Nations Children's Fund, 2020). Timely and effective speech intervention is important to reduce the impact on children's school achievement, ability to make friends, mental health, future life opportunities, and government resources. Prior to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, many Australian children did not receive sufficient speech-language pathology (SLP) services due to long waiting lists in the public health system. COVID-19 restrictions exacerbated this issue, as even children who were at the top of lengthy SLP waiting lists often received limited services, particularly in rural areas. To facilitate children receiving speech intervention remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence from randomized controlled trials regarding three technological solutions are examined: (a) Phoneme Factory Sound Sorter (Sound Start Study), (b) Waiting for Speech Pathology website, and (c) Apraxia World.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1805-1808
Number of pages4
JournalPerspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
Issue number6
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 02 Oct 2020

Grant Number

  • DP180102848


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