If you’ve been a member of ASHA or NSSLHA for any length of time you probably know about the ASHA website and the resources offered for SLPs and audiologists. ASHA is currently focusing efforts on a new resource, known as the Practice Portal. The Portal is designed to support your professional practice by offering guidance on professional and clinical topics, evidence maps, client/patient handouts, as well as templates and tools. As with any project, the work takes time. So far, development is complete on five topics including aphasia, superior canal dehiscence, audiology assistants ,speech language pathology assistants, and caseload/workload.
Several more topics are on the horizon and more will be published later this month. Those include pediatric dysphagia, social communication and permanent childhood hearing loss. ASHA currently has dedicated staff members who work daily to move this project forward. We also gather input from our members from the relevant area of practice to assist with writing and reviewing the content at three separate stages of subject matter expert review. We are very grateful for the member volunteers who have graciously offered their time, skill and expertise to ensure the content is of the highest quality.
Each Portal page follows a similar framework depending upon the type of topic. The clinical topics begin with an overview, and include incidence and prevalence, signs and symptoms, causes, roles and responsibilities, assessment, treatment, resources and references. Professional issue topics include an overview, information on key issues, resources and references. This framework makes each page easily navigable and user friendly. Every portal page includes links to technical assistance, relevant Special Interest Group(s), products, events and related resources. All of ASHA’s clinical resources on the topic are included in one place.
The site is currently in “beta” or “trial” mode. During this time we invite you to review the site content and offer feedback. ASHA staff members will read and consider all feedback offered.
If you’re a school-based SLP, check out the SLPA and the Caseload/Workload Portal pages. The SLPA page features a newly developed Scope of Practice for SLPAs along with supplemental content that is designed to inform and enhance your daily practice as you supervise SLPAs.
The Caseload/Workload page features guidance on conducting a workload analysis, School Survey data and approaches used to manage workload. ASHA applauds the member experts who assisted with these pages.
When available, clinical topics also include evidence maps that are intended to provide you with tools and guidance for evidence-based decision making. These maps highlight the three components of evidence-based practice (EBP):
- external scientific evidence,
- clinical expertise/expert opinion
- client/patient/caregiver perspectives
Join us as we develop new pages! You can nominate yourself and others as a subject matter expert (SME) to review pages and provide feedback. Just send us a message indicating your clinical or professional area of interest. We look forward to hearing from you!
Lisa Rai Mabry-Price is the associate director of school services for ASHA. She can be reached at email@example.com.