The development of a virtual speech & language therapy educational programme 

Louise Steer

The Project

The development of a virtual speech & language therapy educational programme for family members to support those with speech and language difficulties.

How this will be achieved

  • Identify suitable participants from all professionals involved with a communication impaired individual and their family.
  • Use a scoping exercise and develop a summary handout that includes an explanation of the group to aid the identification of potential participants.
  • Amend and send the screening questionnaire to all interested participants so that the most appropriate family members can be selected for the group
  • Once a group of between 4-8 family members are selected, group dates/times etc. are agreed based on the preferences noted in the screening questionnaire.
  • Outcome measures are agreed, sourced and sent to the selected group participants by assistant/admin support.
  • While the measures are being completed and returned, the group facilitators will look at the pre-designed content and make changes as felt needed, including the accompanying workbook.
  • Once all the completed initial measures are received, a virtual group invite together with the workbook will be sent out by admin/assistant support.
  • Prior to the group starting, the content will be finalised and adapted, with a script developed for other therapists to be able to deliver the content in similar ways.
  • Three facilitators will deliver the group. The Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist (SLT) will deliver with an assistant who can support the participants with technical access facilitates the group. A less experienced SLT will also assist with the content delivery and for professional development purposes.
  • Evaluation and presentation of outcome data and results

Anticipated benefits

  • A comprehensive educational programme which can be delivered virtually for family members supporting those with speech and language difficulties. The session content covers: (1) Learning about Communication Difficulties (2) Neurological Recovery & Rehabilitation (3) Managing Successful Communication (4) Looking After Yourself to Live with Communication Difficulties. (5) Follow-up De-brief Session.

An evidence based programme which measures outcomes and promotes self management. The final content session and de-brief encourages ongoing self-management through signposting. Participants complete an online feedback form in the last session and are sent copies of the group content on receipt of final completed outcome measures.