Getting Connected: Speech and Language Pathologists’ Perceptions of Building Rapport via Telepractice
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Building rapport with families (parents and children) is recognized as an important feature of effective intervention. In telepractice service delivery, activities and practices that shape speech language pathologists’ (SLPs) rapport with children and families can take different forms of engagement and interaction. Identifying which SLP practices facilitate the establishment and nurturing of rapport is important and may provide keys to successful service delivery via telepractice. In this article, we present results from a qualitative study exploring SLPs’ perceptions of building rapport with the children and families they serve via telepractice and the strategies they use to establish and maintain rapport with them.
KeywordsTelepractice Rapport Speech therapy Disabilities
We would like to acknowledge the contributions and mentorship of Dr. James Halle at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This study was partially funded by the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Compliance with Ethical Standards
All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.
Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.
Conflict of Interest
We declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.
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