Technology does not replace speech-language pathologists – it augments therapy to positively impact student outcomes and frees up clinicians to focus on more strategic problem-solving and clinical decision-making
AmplioSpeech’s CEO and co-founder, Dr. Yair Shapira, gave an invited presentation on “AI for SLPs: Friend or Foe?” to the Education Steering Group at the National Office of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). This Group comprises staff from a number of departments across the National Office and is coordinated by Lisa Rai Mabry-Price, ASHA’s Associate Director of School Services. Its purpose is to serve as an internal resource and promoter of school-related issues for ASHA.
Dr. Shapira was brought in as a content expert to update ASHA staff on the current status and future potential of artificial intelligence’s contribution to online speech-language therapy.
Dr. Shapira began his presentation with an explanation of the difference between analog tele-therapy and digital therapy, a brief history of artificial intelligence and a description of speech-language technologies that use artificial intelligence. He then discussed the benefits of automatic, objective, continuous assessment using advanced metrics and speech-language qualities; data-driven outcome-based therapy; intervention expansion including online monitored self-practice and avatars; and real-time monitoring – all possible with digital therapy.
He concluded with projections affirming that technology will not replace speech-language pathologists, but will be able to intensively extend therapy beyond the face-to-face setting, as well as carry out routine tasks and services, thus accelerating progress and freeing up clinicians to focus on more strategic problem-solving and clinical decision-making that will positively impact student outcomes.
Throughout the presentation, Dr. Shapira demonstrated his points using examples from students and school districts currently served by AmplioSpeech as well as his vision for the company’s innovative applications of artificial intelligence in the near future.
ASHA staff found his presentation to be new and novel, and responded with interest and questions.