Caution: BAPA in Progress: Using the Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment (BAPA) During Telepractice
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Telepractice involves providing a connection between clinician and client in parts of the world that have limited access to speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Speech therapy delivered via telepractice needs to be as good as face-to-face speech therapy. Documenting client progress is a way to provide evidence about the quality of speech therapy delivered via telepractice.
This study focuses on determining if administering the Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment (BAPA) is an effective way to measure progress for clients with a repaired cleft palate/lip receiving speech therapy via telepractice. The BAPA is a standardized assessment tool that is designed to evaluate progress when administered in person as part of speech therapy. The BAPA was effective with a client with a severe speech sound disorder secondary to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) via telepractice sessions.
The current study aims to determine if the BAPA is an effective measure for documenting progress for clients with a repaired cleft palate/lip. Weekly speech therapy sessions were conducted with each client. During the telepractice sessions graduate clinicians targeted speech goals. The BAPA was administered by the researcher and the graduate clinicians. The BAPA was determined to be an effective measure when administered via telepractice for clients with a repaired cleft palate/lip. The BAPA has the potential to be used by SLPs because it is user friendly and cost-effective.