There are claims of treatments for many disorders, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, that are easily recognized as unlikely to be true. However, there are also advertisements by individuals or companies that appear to have a research basis for their claims of benefit. How does a concerned parent or SLP to evaluate the credibility of claims made regarding different treatment methods and materials? This session will discuss the use of science and pseudoscience and how to evaluate levels of evidence for different types of research studies to aid professionals and parents in making informed judgments about trying unproven treatments.
As a result of this Webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe levels of evidence as one metric for considering claims about treatment for childhood speech-language disorders.
- Identify sources for credible information regarding treatment of childhood speech-language disorders.
Minutes 1 – 20 Defining EBP and levels of evidence
Minutes 21 – 30 Issues in research design and reasons for trying unproven interventions
Minutes 31 – 60 Considerations for evaluating unproven treatments
Minutes 61 – 75 Example of evaluating a treatment approach
Minutes 76 – 80 Summary and resources
Minutes 81 – 90 Questions and Answers