Speech Sound Disorders and Treatment Outcomes: Introduction The phrase evidence-based practice seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. Whether we are practicing speech-language pathologists or university researchers, we are now all being asked to carefully examine what we do (or teach our students to do) to be sure that there is rational evidence that it actually ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2003
Speech Sound Disorders and Treatment Outcomes: Introduction
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  • Peter Flipsen, Jr.Guest Editor
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Treatment Outcomes
Article   |   April 01, 2003
Speech Sound Disorders and Treatment Outcomes: Introduction
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, April 2003, Vol. 10, 2-3. doi:10.1044/lle10.1.2
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, April 2003, Vol. 10, 2-3. doi:10.1044/lle10.1.2
The phrase evidence-based practice seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. Whether we are practicing speech-language pathologists or university researchers, we are now all being asked to carefully examine what we do (or teach our students to do) to be sure that there is rational evidence that it actually works. As appealing as it might be, the retort “I know that it works because I see changes happening” is simply not sufficient anymore. While it is true that change usually accompanies the work we do with our clients, can we really be certain that the change was due to the specific things that we did? Can we say that it wasn’t due to development or the normal recovery process or due to some other influence? Without evidence from controlled studies we can never be sure.
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