HINTS FOR NAVIGATING THE BLOG
There are three sections on this page:
1. Hints for accessing information relative to applying prosody to the practice of speech-language pathology. (See HINT #1 that immediately follows.)
2. Hints for those who wish to volunteer to collaborate on the evidence-based practice reviews of the clinical prosody literature. (Scroll down to HINT #2.)
3. Hints for reading reviews. (Scroll down to HINT #3.)
HINT #1: Accessing Information to Apply Prosody to the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology
1. There are two easy ways to access treatment/intervention reviews:
A. Click on the “Reviews About Treating Prosody” Page. This paper contains a table organized by aspect of prosody that can be treated. Within each aspect (e.g., Affect Outcomes), brief summaries of reviews are presented as well as a descriptor of the quality of the evidence supporting the intervention (e.g., strong , moderate, fair, etc.), the impairment of the participants in the investigator, the age of the participants (child, adolescent, adult), and a link to the full review.
B. Click on the “Bibliography” page. You will find brief overviews of all the reviewed sources listed in alphabetical order. If you are interested in a review, click on the address. This will bring you directly to the review. The Bibliography page is updated on a regular basis with the date of the most recent update and the name of the most recent view in the upper right corner. (For recommendations about reading reviews, see HINT #3.)
2. Other intervention ideas can be found on the Intervention/ Teaching section of the LINKS page. At present, none of these ideas/activities have been reviewed.
3. Readers also can use the search box on the top of the left column of the page. Just type in a search term (e.g., intonation) and intervention programs with the term “intonation” will be pulled up for you.
4. Browsing is a final way to access treatment reviews. The “Recent Posts” and the “Archives” contain all the reviews to date.
5. Don’t forget to take time to view other clinically related parts of the blog:
• LINKS — The LINKS page provides links on the web concerned with intervention, background information, assessment, and disorders
• Prosody on YouTube— Links to YouTube videos depicting interesting (i.e., not always disordered) prosody.
• Definitions and Terms
HINT #2: Volunteering to Collaborate on Prosodic EBP Reviews
HELP WANTED: We need volunteers to help build the bank of clinical prosody reviews!!! If you are interested in collaborating, review the pages listed below. You can access them by clicking on the name of the page. If you have any questions, please contact Trish at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Invitation to Collaborate,
• Directions for Collaboration,
• Forms for Collaboration
• Directions for the Use of Collaboration Forms
HINT #3: Reading Reviews
Question #1: SHOULD I READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW (i.e., the EBP Analysis and Summary)?
The reviews can be long and detailed. Busy clinicians may want to adopt the following strategy before deciding whether to read an entire review (Analysis and Summary). By reflecting on select sections of the review, you can decide whether or not to invest the time to read the entire review.
A. Check the “Take Away” section at the beginning of the review and determine if the review seems appropriate to your needs.
B. Scroll down to the Summary Section and read the sections concerned with general Outcomes and Targets. The headings in the Summary Section that may be of interest are
• MODALITY TARGETED: notes whether outcomes were concerned with comprehension and/or production
• ELEMENTS/FUNCTIONS OF PROSODY TARGETED: prosodic outcomes of the intervention are listed here
• ELEMENTS OF PROSODY USED AS INTERVENTION: when an aspect of prosody is used to treat another aspect of prosody and/or another aspect of communication, the aspect of aspect of prosody used in the treatment is listed here.
• OTHER ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE/COMMUNICATION TARGETED: when an aspect of prosody is used to treat another aspect of communication, the aspect of communication that is treated is listed here
• OTHER TARGETS: when an aspect of prosody is used to treat a behavior other than communication behavior, that targeted behavior is listed here.
C. If the general outcomes/targets (from B) are appropriate to your case, scroll back to the Analysis section of the review and find the Outcomes used as evidence in the research. If the review, still seems relevant, a reading of the entire Summary section may be in order.
D. If the Summary seems appropriate to your case, you should go back to the Analysis section and read the entire section.
Question/Concern #2: SOME OF THE QUESTIONS IN THE REVIEWS SEEM TO BE SHORTHAND FOR BIGGER ISSUES. ARE THERE EXPLANATIONS OF TERMS AVAILABLE?
• Click on “Terms and Definitions.”
• Click on “”Directions for Use of Collaborative Forms.” This page is helpful not only to potential collaborators but also to readers.
Question/Concern #3: THERE SEEMS TO BE INCONSISTENCIES IN THE COMPLETENESS OF THE TREATMENT PROCEDURES WITHIN THE SUMMARY SECTIONS OF THE REVIEWS. SOME ARE LONG AND INVOLVED AND OTHERS ARE JUST A FEW LINES.
• The completeness and length of the descriptions of intervention procedures varied in the sources, accordingly the summaries of the procedures (in the Major Components section of the Summary) vary.