Author ORCID Identifier 0000-0003-1901-6240

Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Rose Sevcik


10 Speech-language pathologists were asked their opinions about a web-based mobile health application (app) to empower caregivers with speech and communication tools. Across two focus groups, these participants were asked about features they would like to see for such an app, potential issues that could arise, and if they would recommend this app to the families they serve. The resulting data showed clinicians more hesitant to recommend the app due to cost and potential billing issues, concerns with parents using the app in place of therapy, and hesitancy to give a blanket recommendation as each family has unique and different needs. However, clinicians also expressed encouragement that the app could provide a way to empower caregivers and give them tools and resources to assist their child in therapy.


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