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ASHA Voices: The Changing Work World: With New Tech, A Growing Need for Soft Skills

by J.D. Gray
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On this episode of the podcast, we’re looking at the future…

In collaboration with the ASHA Leader magazine, we’re examining how work is evolving in the professions of audiology and speech-language-pathology.

Can how you treat your clients and colleagues make you stand out in a crowd? As increasing automation affects how people work, we discuss the importance and application of soft skills with emotional intelligence expert Kari Knutson.

Also, technology makes it easier to connect with clients and students from afar. We talk telepractice with speech-language pathologist Tracy Sippl of S&L Teletherapy Consulting. Her experience as a telepractice consultant to schools guides our conversation about this tech-based technique. She shares what she’s discovered about what works and doesn’t when delivering telepractice services.

“There are definitely advantages and disadvantages… but research has shown, and I’ve experienced it myself with my clients, therapy provided via telepractice seems to allow the amount of therapy time to decrease and is more efficient,” says Sippl.

And on the audiology horizon, research audiologist Liz Convery suggests the emergence of self-fitting hearing devices may be an opportunity, rather than a threat. She sees it as a chance for audiologists to define themselves in new ways.

Read the transcript for The Changing Work World: With New Tech, A Growing Need for Soft Skills

Meet our guests:
Kari Knutson, Knutson Speaks/speaker, educator, performer and a school counselor
Tracy Sippl, owner and CEO of S&L Teletherapy Consulting
Liz Convery, senior research audiologist for the National Acoustic Laboratories

To hear each episode as soon as it’s released, follow the ASHA Voices page on Leader Live or subscribe to the program with Apple PodcastsSpotify, or Google Play.

Questions or comments? Email us at podcast@asha.org. Or leave us a voicemail at 301-296-5804. We may include your comment in an upcoming episode.

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