Telelogopedia in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: Analysis of the adaptations and perceptions of speech therapists

  • Publication type: Article
  • EDS: .
  • Journal: Revista de Investigación en Logopedia
  • Publishing house: .
  • Year: 2022
  • DOI: DOI
  • authors: Mario Figueroa,
  • elbec members involved: Mario Figueroa

Telepractice in Speech-Language therapy facilitates services in exceptional situations such as COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the restrictions imposed, speech-language pathologists (SPL) have had to adopt new approaches in their professional practice. The aim of this study is, through an online survey, to analyse the perception and the assessment of Catalan SPL about telepractice, to describe the adaptation and to identify the possible problems that have emerged. The survey was answered by thirty-seven active speech therapists. The results show that the majority of respondents have used telepractice (75.6%) and that their appreciation about it has increased since the beginning of the pandemic. Only one of the participants had received telepractice training and two had used it before the pandemic. The main reason given by the SPL for not using telepractice sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic has been related to patient typology and/or age inappropriateness. The main disadvantages of the use of telepractice are identified and proposals for clinical practice are expo