10 Recommended
Clinical Computing Competencies for Speech-Language Pathologists
Paula S. Cochran, Ph.D.

  1. Using a Computer as an Instructor
    A self-contained computer activity provides instruction and/or practice for a client working independently.
  2. Using a Computer as a Context for Conversation
    A computer activity serves as the topic and focus for conversation between the clinician and client(s).
  3. Using a Computer as a Clinical Materials Generator
    The clinician uses computer resources to develop individualized treatment materials with or without the client's assistance.
  4.  Using a Computer as a Feedback Device
    The computer provides additional feedback to the client, usually about articulation or voice parameters (e.g., visual biofeedback about pitch) under the supervision of the clinician.
  5. Using a Computer as a Clinical Data Assistant
    During assessment or intervention activities, the clinician uses a computer-based device to assist with data collection and/or analysis (e.g., handheld device is used to tabulate disfluencies).
  6. Using a Computer as a Diagnostic Tool
    During or after assessment activities, the clinician uses computer-based tools appropriately to assist with data collection, analysis, and/or interpretation (e.g., language sample analysis).
  7. Basic Computer Operations and Assistive Technology
    The clinician understands how to operate the software/hardware needed for use with clients and how to adapt computer access for clients who require this accommodation.
  8. Awareness of Relevant Legal and Ethical Issues
    The clinician abides by the laws and regulations that pertain to all forms of assistive technology and other relevant topics such as copyright law and client confidentiality.
  9. Awareness and Use of Technology Resources
    The clinician knows how and where to find information about new products and procedures, critical reviews, research results, and client support.
  10. Using Technology as a Productivity Tool
    The clinician uses technology to maximize the efficiency and quality of client care, clinical paperwork, communication, and client information management.

Podcasts related to this topic:

Series Title: Using Computers in Speech/Language Therapy
Podcast #2: Part A: 10 Clinical Computing Competencies (1-5), by Paula S. Cochran
Podcast #3: Part B: 10 Clinical Computing Competencies (6-10), by Paula S. Cochran

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


© 2006-2007 Paula S. Cochran, Ph.D., CCCSLP