Using the Computer as an Instructor (CAI)

This competency requires the clinician to learn the ins and outs of using computer-assisted instruction (CAI) with clients. CAI is usually a self-contained computer activity that provides instruction and/or practice for a client working independently. The goals and sequence of activities is generally predetermined by the software designer. Generally, there is a strong performance-tracking component. Competent clinicians know how and when to choose appropriate CAI for their clients. Clinicians set the software up by choosing appropriate items, reinforcement, and criteria for individual children or adults. It is important to consider what reasonable expectations are for the carryover of skills learned or practiced during CAI.

Podcasts related to this competency:

Series Title:Using Computers in Speech/Language Therapy
Number: Podcast #4: Introduction to CAI, by Paula S. Cochran

Based on content from:
Cochran, P. S. (2005). Clinical computing competency for speech-language pathologists. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.


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